We’ll Leave It There So: Paddy Jackson left out of Ireland squad, rankings boost and today's sport

There was also plenty of Fitzgibbon Cup action and a number of line-ups were confirmed for the opening weekend of Six Nations matches.


Samuel O'Dowd scores a try Presentation College Bray's Samuel O'Dowd touches down against Gonzaga College in their Leinster Junior Cup first-round match. Pres Bray prevailed 13-8 in a thrilling Donnybrook encounter. Gary Carr / INPHO Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO


Mideast Emirates Golf Rory McIlroy in action in Dubai. AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

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We’ve got two tickets to give away for this Sunday’s Six Nations Championship clash between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

All you have to do is check out our Snapchat (username: and spot the ball. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Where we were today

Paul Fennessy was at the Irish Sailing Awards at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin this afternoon, where he caught up with Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy. An interview with one of Irish sailing’s biggest stars will feature on The42 this weekend.

Liam Shanahan, centre, was named the 2015 Irish Sailor of the Year, and was presented with his award from John Treacy, Sport Ireland CEO, and Irish Sailing Association president David Lovegrove. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

      On The Record

Okay, I knew I was after getting a bang on head – I was feeling blurred, dizzy. But it’s very hard to say, ‘Yes, you are clinically concussed.’ If it’s blatantly obvious, there is a fair old chance you have it. — Limerick and Na Piarsaigh star Kevin Downes on concussion in the GAA 

  Fixture List

  • Ulster take on Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness Pro12 in Belfast tomorrow night, kick-off is 7.35pm.
  • Ireland’s U20s begin their Six Nations campaign against Wales at Donnybrook tomorrow night (7.35pm kick-off).

Showbiz, baby!

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Steph Curry’s 51 points for Golden State saw him threaten the NBA’s record for three-pointers in one game. Another triple-double for the league’s MVP and this one-game highlights reel was quite impressive, even for him.


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