Monday 23 October 2017

In Brief: Kiwi Howlett to stay with Munster

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New Zealand winger Doug Howlett will remain with Munster until the end of next season at least.

It has been confirmed that 31-year-old Howlett, who won his 49th competitive Munster cap last weekend against Edinburgh, has agreed terms for the coming season with an option for a further season.

"I'm delighted to be remaining on here with Munster," Howlett said. "Professionally it's been a good move for me and on the personal side my family are enjoying our time here and are very happy to remain for the immediate future."

Kirsten McGarry's Winter Olympics ended on a sour note last night when she was disqualified from the slalom after one of her skis was adjudged to be one millimetre too thick at Whistler Creekside.

The Dubliner completed her first run in foggy conditions in a time of 59.28 seconds, but the judges' ruling means no participation in the second run.

McGarry finished 50th in the giant slalom yesterday.

Setanta Ó hAilpín made his case for a starting place in Carlton's team for the Premiership with an assured performance as the Blues defeated Brisbane Lions 93-80 in an NAB Challenge game yesterday.

Ó hAilpín was the focal point of the Carlton attack that certainly fared better than the previous week without him, when they failed to break the 60-point mark in defeat to Tadhg Kennelly's Sydney Swans.

The Cork man got on the goal sheet, but perhaps more significantly, provided the assist for Carlton's first two goals of the third quarter, that helped them edge clear of the Lions.

Ireland will host Bangladesh in two one-day internationals in July. The games will take place at Stormont on Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16, following Bangladesh's tour of England.

And Ireland coach Phil Simmons is relishing the chance to test his side against strong opposition.

"It's great that we have a chance to play them on home soil. We lost to them badly in 2008 in Bangladesh, but on our home turf, I'd be confident of doing well," Simmons said.

"We have beaten them in both the 2007 World Cup and in the World Twenty20 last year, so I don't think there's much to choose between the two teams. It's a great opportunity for us to gain valuable ranking points."

IRELAND'S James McGee and Colin O'Brien yesterday displayed outstanding mental toughness as they qualified for the men's doubles final in the ITF Futures final in Sarajevo.

The Dublin duo beat Russian pair Ilya Belyaev and Evgeny Danskoy 7-6 (11/9) 6-4.

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