Friday 15 December 2017

In brief Phelan and Casey to face Scotland


Elite finalist Chris Phelan will line out for Ireland in tonight's senior international against Scotland at the National Stadium.

Myles Casey, a brother of Willie 'Big Bang', and Davey Joe Joyce have also been named in the nine-strong Irish squad.

Meanwhile, Ireland will be taking home at least six bronze medals from the youths multi-nations championship in Anapa, Russia, after George Bates, Kieran Forde and Christy Joyce claimed quarter-final victories yesterday to join David Roche, Stephen Broadhurst and Gary Sweeney in today's semi-finals.


The English RFU issued a stern warning last night about the dangers of using 'nutritional supplements' after banning Sale prop Karena Wihongi for testing positive for a banned stimulant after a Premiership game at Newcastle on January 7.

The RFU's hardline stance that players must always be accountable for anything they ingest is in stark contrast to that of the South African Rugby Union, which exonerated Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson after they tested positive for the same substance as Wihongi, methylhexaneamine, after the Test against Ireland last November.


Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten start to the year as he set up a semi-final against new American No 1 Mardy Fish at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The Australian Open champion beat South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-2, gaining revenge for a shock defeat to the same unseeded player in their only previous meeting three years ago at the same Miami event.

The 23-year-old Serbian has now won his opening 22 matches of the year and is seeking a fourth title in 2011, having beaten Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in his three finals so far.


An exhibition featuring the works of some of 50 international artists will be held in Alexandra College, Milltown, from April 15-17 to raise funds for the Irish U-18 girls' hockey team, who will compete in the European Championships in Holland in July.

Cricketer Kevin O'Brien will open the exhibition.

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