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McGrath doubt for Munster tilt

RUGBY: Jack McGrath has emerged as the most significant injury worry for Leinster ahead of their Pro12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Initially, there were fears that the Ireland loosehead had broken his collarbone from a blow to the shoulder area against France at Stade de France.

That was quickly discounted and assurances were given that he was back on the mend.

A Leinster statement stated how McGrath "continues to be monitored ahead of the game" and this must provide doubt over his participation.

Luke Fitzgerald has shown no after-effects to his abdomen from his two-try outing against Zebre and hooker Seán Cronin trained fully yesterday. Tadhg Furlong will have to wait on further medical examination on his rolled ankle. He will not be considered given first and second choice Mike Ross and Martin Moore are available.

DING DOWN AND OUT

SNOOKER: Ding Junhui surrendered his title on the opening day of the Wyldecrest Parks Players Championship Grand Final at Preston's Guild Hall as he suffered a shock 4-3 defeat to 28th-ranked Ben Woollaston. Shaun Murphy ended Neil Robertson's challenge, winning 4-2, while Judd Trump dropped just one frame in seeing off China's Ju Reti. Marco Fu, Anthony Hamilton and Gerard Greene also progressed.

IRISH WOMEN FALTER

CRICKET: Ireland's women turned in a battling performance on their T20 World Cup debut before going down to New Zealand by 42 runs in Sylhet.

The White Ferns took advantage of a nervous Irish display in the field to rack up a formidable 171-3 in their 20 overs. They were always in the driving seat following an opening 116 between Suzie Bates (68) and Frances McKay (51). Eimear Richardson (2-32) accounted for both openers, but Isobel Joyce had the best figures with one for 17 in four overs.


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