Sunday 25 February 2018

Munster sign Van den Heever

Gerhard van den Heever
Gerhard van den Heever

MUNSTER have signed Stormers speedster Gerhard van den Heever from the Bulls, according to reports in South Africa.

The 24-year-old is expected to link up with the province in November after the completion of the Currie Cup campaign, as Reds coach Rob Penney looks to fill the void left by captain Doug Howlett, who retired at the end of the season.

At 6ft 2ins and 15-and-a-half-stone, Van den Heever will add bulk to a backline that will be laced with speed out wide after Andrew Conway's arrival from Leinster.

Munster also confirmed the signing of Cork Constitution scrum-half Gerry Hurley on a one-year deal.

Bertram Allen (17) clinched individual silver at the European Junior Showjumping Championships at Vejar de la Frontera.

Riding the grey mare Molly Malone, the German-based Wexford rider went into a three-way medal-decider. Allen was pipped for gold by Emanuele Bianchi by less than a second as all three riders jumped clear once again.

Cian O'Connor recorded a double of wins at Chantilly, steering Unique into pole position in the 1.45m Speed event and topping the 7-Year-Old Final with Gain Line later in the day.

Meanwhile, the line-up for the next leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series at Hickstead on August 2 has now also been announced. Shane Breen will be joined at the British venue by his brother Trevor along with Capt Michael Kelly, Niall Talbot and Billy Twomey.

IRISH middleweight Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan suffered the first loss of his career to British 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders in London.

Undefeated Saunders, nicknamed 'Superb', earned an emphatic unanimous decision (120-119 120-119 119-110) at Wembley Arena to improve to 18 straight wins.

The English southpaw dominated Saturday's 12-rounder and also picked up the Cork fighter's WBO International belt on Frank Warren's "Behind Enemy Lines" promotion.

Saunders will now defend his Commonwealth title against John Ryder in London on September 21, and O'Sullivan will be on the undercard, according to his coach Pascal Collins.

Double champion Simon McKinley kept his unbeaten record in the Naylor Engineering National Hillclimb/ Sprint Championship by taking double victories in the Carrick-on-Suir rounds.

Joe Courtney from Galway was runner-up each time in his OMS, with Rory Stephens fourth on both days. Pat O'Connell took his Lancer Evo to top place in the Kerry Rallysprint at Tralee Racecourse, narrowly beating Mike O'Connor Jnr in an older version.

Irish Independent

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