Wednesday 21 March 2018

Sport in brief: Rugby - Roberts injury blow for Wales


JAMIE Roberts has emerged as a major fitness doubt for Wales' autumn Tests.

The Lions centre faces being sidelined for up to two months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Roberts, who scored a try in the Lions' series-clinching third Test victory over Australia, plays for Top 14 club Racing Metro.

Six Nations champions Wales kick off their campaign against South Africa on November 9, then face Argentina and Tonga before a concluding with Australia on November 30.

Because the Wallabies encounter falls outside the IRB autumn international window, Racing would be under no obligation to release Roberts for that fixture, even if fit.

Meanwhile, London Irish have announced the signing of Wales international lock Ian Gough from Ospreys.


Ireland are determined this week to regain their Seniors Home International title less than three weeks after lifting the European Seniors Crown.

The six players who took Ireland to European glory in Hungary are joined by Tramore's John Mitchell for the round-robin showdown over the daunting Royal County Down links.

They were pipped by England for the honours at Southerndown in South Wales last year and are out for revenge.

Ireland, who have won the championship five times since the series was inaugurated in 2002, open their bid to win back the trophy against Wales today, while England face Scotland.

IRELAND – T Cleary (Cork), M Kelly (Killeen), G McGimpsey (Bangor), J Mitchell (Tramore), A Morrow (Portmarnock), A Pierse (Tipperary), M Quirke (Doneraile).


Tyson Fury is set to return to the ring before the end of next month after writing off the prospect of rescheduling his heavyweight showdown with David Haye until early next year.

Fury's team are already working on plans for the 25-year-old to shrug off his frustration over the postponement by setting up what is likely to be a low-key appearance in October.

But despite the delay caused by a cut sustained by Haye during his final sparring session on Friday night, Fury remains committed to finding a new date for the highly anticipated contest.


Joan O'Flynn has been appointed as the new ard stiurthoir of the Camogie Association.

O'Flynn takes over from Mary O'Connor who has been acting ard stiurthoir for the past 15 months and will now resume her role as director of camogie development.

Irish Independent

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