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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# concerns

This week
22nd January 2023 - 27th January 2023
# concerns
England’s injury worries mount as Elliot Daly and Jamie George miss training
Six Nations preparations are proving disruptive for Steve Borthwick.
Last month
December 2022
# concerns
Three France players ill two days before World Cup final
Pair who formed central defensive partnership against Morocco did not train today.
Last year
2022
# concerns
English football chief insists LGBTQ fans won't face arrest for kissing at World Cup
English FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has revealed that he has been told police in Qatar are briefed to be tolerant during the tournament.
# painting pictures
'We've got a really good scrum... you don't become a bad scrum overnight'
Ireland hooker Rob Herring believes they can resolve last weekend’s issues in Twickenham.
# worries
Italy's injury list grows ahead of Six Nations visit to Dublin
Head coach Kieran Crowley hopes his side can end their 34-game losing streak.
# concerns
Bath will not travel to France for Champions Cup clash under current Covid rules
Any member of staff to test positive in France would have to self-isolate there for 10 days.
All time
# CONFIRMED
Ulster's clash with Leinster on New Year's Day has been postponed
The provinces were scheduled to meet on Saturday in Belfast.
# concerns
Castres president says club wanted Munster game postponed
Pierre-Yves Revol feels all of this weekend’s Champions Cup fixtures should have been called off.
# Cancelled
Leinster's game called OFF with Montpellier awarded bonus-point win
The French government is toughening rules on travel from the UK from midnight on Friday.
# exam fever
Some colleges to carry out in-person exams despite Covid concerns raised by students
Thousands of students have signed a petition raising about sitting exams in person at this time.
# concerns
Shamrock Rovers left 'astounded' by FAI's change to U14 league
Rovers described it as ‘a completely random, ill-thought-out decision made by the FAI Board’ to push the competition back to next summer.
# Green Light
Munster have been given the go-ahead to fly home from South Africa
Two members of the touring party will have to remain in Cape Town.
# concerns
A miserable couple of days for Irish women's rugby off and on the pitch
Ireland must recover after defeat to Spain at the 2021 World Cup Qualifier tournament.
# concerns
Mayo sweating over fitness of All-Star defender ahead of Dublin clash
Oisin Mullin is an injury doubt for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final.
# concerns
A number of Tyrone players self-isolating as entire squad undergo Covid tests
Tyrone have not requested a postponement of the All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry at this stage.
# concerns
Doubts remain over De Klerk and Du Toit as Vermeulen trains with the Boks
The Springboks will name their team for the third Test tomorrow.
# Finances
Irish rugby is 'far from out of the woods' warns IRFU at its AGM
CEO Philip Browne told the union’s AGM that is still in financial crisis.
# concerns
Springboks' first Test XV is almost as uncertain as Gatland's Lions team
The Boks’ Covid-19 outbreak means some players haven’t been able to play or train.
# concerns
'I'd be shocked if players aren't starting to question how smart it is to stay'
It has been a chaotic week for the Lions in South Africa.
# Delta
Delta variant made up 20% of Ireland's Covid cases last week
Holohan said he was “concerned” by the latest data.
# concerns
Farrell needs Ireland's attack to get firing for 'dangerous' Italy trip
After a blunt performance against France, the Mike Catt-coached Ireland attack needs to improve.
# concerns
Champions Cup under threat as EPCR wait on French government decision
The Top 14 clubs could be forced to withdraw from two rounds of games this month.
# concerns
Ireland's malfunctioning lineout deeply damaging in Twickenham defeat
The Irish lineout and maul struggled against Maro Itoje and the English pack.
# knife edge
'This doubt hangs over you constantly': Threat of cancelled season looms large on county return
Dessie Farrell was speaking after Dublin’s win over Meath last night.
# Bray
Missing Bray man 'located safe and well' following public appeal
Gardaí had said they were concerned for his welfare and launched the public appeal.
# Action Plan
Top 14 to discuss postponement rather than playing behind closed doors
Ulster’s Champions Cup quarter-final away to Toulouse could be played behind closed doors.
# concerns
EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus
Leinster and Ulster are due to play Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend of April.
# Keyboard Warriors
'Show me any good that comes out of them' - Donaghy calls for GAA to 'shut down' fan forums
Kieran Donaghy is ‘fearful’ for the current generation due to the rise of online trolls.
# uncertainty
Clare hurling panel frustrated by 'lack of clarity' surrounding managerial selection
The Banner County’s senior hurling panel has released a statement raising a number of concerns.
# unconvincing
Schmidt's Ireland labour to bonus-point win over Russia in error-strewn performance
Ireland scored five tries but many supporters will be worried by their poor showing in Kobe.
# concerns
Earls and Kearney remain doubts for Scotland despite training in Japan
Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour could be in line to get starting opportunities.
# doubt
Ireland hopeful Kearney will overcome calf issue to face Scotland
The 33-year-old reported tightness in his calf during yesterday’s training session in Chiba.
# concerns
Schmidt calls for consistency and choice amidst World Rugby's high tackle focus
The Ireland coach has concerns about the governing body’s attempts to clamp down on the foul play.
# on the ground
'I won't be counting my chickens': Frontline gardaí respond to Drew Harris's shake-up of the force
Not everyone is sold on the idea.
# concerns
Quinn: 'If governance proposals aren't followed I'd be afraid of where Irish football goes next'
The former Ireland international went on to say that constructive talks had been held between his consortium and League of Ireland clubs.
# concerns
Irish government warned by US authorities on safety fears over Huawei 5G rollout
The US has sought to ban the Chinese firm from building 5G infrastructure there over safety and privacy fears.
# concerns
Ballyhale sweating on fitness of former Hurler of the Year ahead of All-Ireland club final
Michael Fennelly picked up a knee injury in the semi-final victory against Ballygunner.
# concerns
Injuries to Earls, Toner and Stander add to Ireland's 'emotional bruises'
There is concern over the trio ahead of next week’s trip to Murrayfield.
# scrambler bikes
Gardaí who pursue children on scrambler bikes may be 'personally liable' if an accident occurs
Management has told officers ‘not to pursue’ these vehicles.
# High Court
Minister for Education suing Western Building Systems after concerns of structural defects at schools
A total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems were inspected over concerns about potential structural problems earlier this year.