- The IRFU have confirmed that Jamie Heaslip has signed a new contract until the end of the 2019 World Cup.
- Ireland internationals Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey and Tommy Bowe will be available to Ulster for Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow.
- Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers will compete in Scotland’s IRN-BRU Cup next season.
- Connacht coach Pat Lam will be able to call on Ireland internationals Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, Tiernan O’Halloran and Finlay Bealham for Saturday’s Pro12 clash against Newport Gwent Dragons.
- Munster and Ireland rugby legend Ronan O’Gara is to receive the Freedom of Cork, it has been confirmed.
- Holders Mary Immaculate College cruised into the semi-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup today.
- Clongowes have booked their place in Leinster Senior Cup semi-finals.
- A late goal helped UCC defeat DCU and book their place in the finals weekend of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
- Gunnar Nelson has been penciled in to make his UFC return at The O2 in London on 18 March.
- A judge has cleared the way for the doping-disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong to go to court.
- England fly-half George Ford has agreed to rejoin Leicester Tigers for the start of next season
- Bayern Munich will be without in-form winger Franck Ribery and central defender Jerome Boateng for their Champions League clash against Arsenal tomorrow night.
- Nottingham Forest have suffered a significant setback after it was confirmed that Irish goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
The Best Thing We Shared
A touch of class from Man City boss Pep Guardiola after last night’s win over Bournemouth.
The former Barcelona boss approached Ireland midfielder Harry Arter at the final whistle and said sorry to hear about the loss of his stillborn baby daughter.
Where We Were Today
Fintan O’Toole was at the EirGrid U21 football launch, while Ben Blake, Paul Dollery and Eoin Luc O’Ceallaigh were at the League of Ireland launch. Ryan Bailey was also out and about at the Clongowes and St Mary’s schools rugby match in Donnybrook.
On The Record
Roy Keane was speaking at the League of Ireland launch today.
First and foremost, Martin and myself enjoy going to watch matches. It’s certainly not a PR exercise. We’re going because we enjoy watching League of Ireland players and we enjoy looking at players we think might and will get the opportunity to come into the senior squad. Your eyes don’t lie to you. When you’re watching a good player you’re watching a good player no matter what level he’s playing at.
The Fixture List
There are more Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals tomorrow – UL v IT Carlow, (University of Limerick, 1pm) and Limerick IT v UCD, (Limerick IT, 3pm). Champions League action continues in full swing with the last 16 first legs: it’s Real Madrid v Napoli and Bayern Munich v Arsenal.
A few decent scores from Slaughtneil’s Chrissy McKaigue over the weekend.Source: officialgaa/YouTube