Sunday 18 February 2018

In Brief: Munster name strong line-up

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MUNSTER have included six members of Ireland's summer tour squad in their side to face Aironi at Musgrave Park tomorrow evening (7.30).

Centre Johne Murphy, scrum-half Peter Stringer, hooker Damien Varley, prop Tony Buckley, second-row Mick O'Driscoll and flanker Niall Ronan are all selected to face the Italians in Munster's Magners League opener in a team captained by No 8 Denis Leamy.

MUNSTER -- F Jones; D Howlett, S Tuitupou, J Murphy, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley, M O'Driscoll, B Holland; D Ryan, N Ronan, D Leamy capt. Reps: D Fogarty, M Horan, J Hayes, A Quinlan, P O'Mahony, D Williams, S Deasy, D Barnes.

IRELAND'S James McGee reeled off two victories yesterday to nail down a quarter-final place in the ITF Men's Futures event in Kempten, Germany.

The No 6 seeded Dubliner had to battle hard to overcome unseeded Australian Joel Lindner in a marathon contest in the opening round on a 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) scoreline. But the Castleknock man experienced a much more comfortable passage in the second round, overcoming French opponent Albano Olivetti by a 6-2 6-4 margin.Today, McGee takes on unseeded German Andre Wiesle.

Ireland's Aisling Blake had a fantastic win over world No 7 -- and former world No 2 -- Natalie Grinham of The Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Irish Open at Fitzwilliam LTC yesterday.

Blake, seeded No 7, proved herself to be the fitter, faster and more consistent player, despite Grinham's impressive international career.

Ireland's other female contestant also progressed to the semi-finals. Madeline Perry, seeded No 1 and world ranked No 6, had a straight-forward win over England's Victoria Lust, who came through from the qualifiers.

In the men's draw, England's No 3 seed Joey Barrington was defeated by compatriot and No 5 seed Chris Ryder.

IRELAND will face a nervous hour or so in Toronto today needing 52 runs to beat Canada to keep alive their faint hopes of a fourth successive Inter Continental Cup title.

After the champions had been set a much larger than expected target of 176 to win, Andre Botha broke the back of the chase with his first international half-century for two seasons, but was run out for 61 shortly before a storm ended play with Ireland at 124-4.

Irish Independent

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