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We'll Leave It There So: Ireland's greatest sporting moment of 2016 and all today's sport

Elsewhere, the FAI puts some distance between itself & recommended rebranding ideas while Robbie Keane is a Real Housewife.

Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip celebrate winning Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland; INPHO/Billy Stickland

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The Irish rugby team‘s victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in November has been voted the country’s greatest sporting achievement of 2016 by the annual PSG Sport and Sponsorship Sentiment Index.

Leinster boss Leo Cullen has confirmed that Joey Carberry will miss the next six to eight weeks with an ankle injury, handing Ross Byrne a first start at out half for Saturday’s Champions Cup clash with Northampton.

Ross Byrne Ross Byrne will make his first start for Leinster at out-half. Source: Tommy Dickson; ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Keith Earls has been passed fit for Munster as they’ve named an unchanged team for their Champions Cup assignment against Leicester Tigers.

There’s one change for Ulster ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Clermont Auvergne – Franco van der Merwe replaces compatriot Robbie Diack in the second row.

Connacht coach Pat Lam has made four changes to his side for their game against Wasps.

All-Ireland club champions Ballyboden-St Enda’s have turned to former Dublin player John O’Brien as their new boss following Andy McEntee’s move to the Meath senior team.

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Ahead of Monday’s Merseyside derby, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the first time he saw Goodison Park was when watching the latest Rocky film – some crowd shots were filmed there in 2015.

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An Argentinian rugby player has been given a three-year ban after an off-the-ball hit on a female referee in Italy.

Major League Soccer continues to grow with six more teams joining over the next four years, bringing the total amount of franchises to 26.

Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry is set to earn a staggering $207 million when he signs his next NBA contract next year.

The Best Thing We Shared

Tommy Hanley – younger brother of former GAA and current Aussie Rules player Pearce – is currently battling stage four cancer in Mayo.

As well as being an incredibly brave young man, he’s a massive fan of The Rock – and word must have got back to the man himself because he took to Instagram to post this video and accompanying message.

Where We Were Today

Sean Farrell was at Leinster Rugby HQ to hear the latest from the camp.

Leo Cullen and Robbie Henshaw Source: Tommy Dickson; ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson/INPHO

On The Record

It has to be stressed that it’s an independent review. A branding expert came in to have a look at the league’s brand and that’s what it is. There are some interesting things there and it is a small piece of where we are trying to go with the league. We have a marketing executive coming in, which is a big thing for us as well, but this is someone looking at it from a different point of view. Look at it, there are lots and lot of ideas but none of them are set in stone. This is Jonathan’s opinion on where he sees it”.

There was lots of criticism surrounding Jonathan Gabay‘s report on branding the League of Ireland but FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin was quick to put some distance between it and the organisation actually implementing the suggested ideas.

The Fixture List

Rugby

Leicester v Munster, 3.15pm
Connacht v Wasps, 5.30pm
Leinster v Northampton, 7.45pm

Women’s Interpros:

Connacht v Ulster, 2pm
Leinster v Munster, 2.30pm

Soccer

A busy day in the Premier League with six games scheduled:

Crystal Palace v Chelsea (12.45)
Middlesbrough v Swansea City
Stoke City v Leicester City
Sunderland v Watford
West Ham United v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United (17.30)

GAA
Interpro Football: Connacht v Ulster, 2pm

Showbiz, Baby!

Robbie Keane inexplicably turned up on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills last night.

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He looked sufficiently traumatised by the experience. The last time he’d been around so much peroxide and bad hair was when David Beckham was still his team-mate at the LA Galaxy.

Still, at least he wasn’t named as ‘Unidentified Fan’ by a US media outlet this time.

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