Monday 20 November 2017

ERC to investigate Stade chief Cheika


The European Rugby Cup (ERC) are to investigate Stade Francais director of rugby Michael Cheika after complaints made against him following last month's Amlin Challenge Cup final defeat to Harlequins.

The ERC said that the Australian is alleged to have made comments of an insulting/offensive/disparaging/ intimidatory nature to match officials during the half-time break, and that he did the same to an ERC staff member after the full-time whistle.

Stade were unhappy with a number of decisions made during the game, which they lost 19-18, with Cheika saying in his post-match press conference: "Once again we came undone due to the shortcomings of, you know. I don't think I should say it because I will only get in trouble."

•Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has joined French club Bayonne after the Ospreys agreed to release him.


Shane Breen added second place in yesterday's Grand Prix to his haul of good results at the Outdoor Gelderland show in de Steeg, Netherlands, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Riding Carmel Ryan's stallion Carmena Z, the 36-year-old Tipperary man set the target in the Grand Prix jump-off when clearing the line in 43.20 seconds. Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten squeezed home just over a half second quicker to claim the €30,000 first prize, with Breen pocketing €20,000.


CONOR NILAND stormed back from the brink of defeat to end his Wimbledon jinx in the qualifiers for the All-England Championships in Roehampton, London, yesterday.

Having won the first set, the Irish No 1 seemed to be heading for the exit door when trailing France's Josselin Ouanna 5-2 in the third set of their opening-round clash.

But he showed tremendous resolve to turn the contest around by breaking his 6ft 4ins opponent twice to secure a remarkable 6-3 4-6 8-6 victory, saving five match points.

Niland, who needs to win two more matches to make it into the last-128, takes on Australia's Greg Jones next.

Elsewhere, Dubliner James McGee reeled off three victories in the qualifying round to seal a main draw place in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Milan.

women's HOCKEY

Loreto took the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge gold in emphatic style in Lille yesterday as they hammered Switzerland's HC Olten 7-1.

The win guarantees promotion to Ireland's 2012 European representatives, with Hermes going up to the third tier of continental competition, while Irish Hockey League winners Pegasus contest the second tier -- the Champion's Trophy.

Niamh Small was the creative spark, with goals from her and Nikki Symmons giving them a 2-0 half-time lead. Three penalty corners from Small, Cathy McKean and Hannah Matthews put them five up, with Sarah Barnwell and skipper Nikki Keegan completing the rout.

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