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The Morning Score: Friday

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Ulster's Neil McCombe.
Ulster's Neil McCombe.
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Every morning brings you the stories you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1. #NOVEMBER INTERNATIONALS Declan Kidney yesterday name a much changed side for tomorrow’s second Autumn Test against Fiji in Limerick.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip, Mike Ross and Conor Murray are the only three players retained from last week’s defeat to the Springboks in Dublin last weekend.  Paddy Jackson is one of three Ulster men making their senior bows and he’s relishing a’ special day’ at Thomond Park, he told reporters yesterday.

2. #COYBIG Giovanni Trapattoni headed home to Italy yesterday but only after he had his now customary post-game debrief with the Irish soccer press.

In the wake of the defeat to Greece on Wednesday night, the Ireland manager admitted man-of-the-match Seamus Coleman had earned a starting place for next year’s fixtures but he seemed less impressed by Wes Hoolahan for some reason.

3. #AIRTRICITY LEAGUE First Division champions Limerick parted company with their manager Pat Scully yesterday. The Dubliner led the Blues the second tier title in October after assembling a talented squad with the help of Limerick businessman and club chairman Pat O’Sullivan.

4. #COYBIG Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey was yesterday given ‘indefinite compassionate leave’ by Birmingham City manager Lee Clark. The Tallaght man will return to Dublin, the club said.

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5. #GAA One Derry stalwart called time on his intercounty career yesterday.

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