The Morning Score: Friday

Here’s everything you need to know… apart from the answer to ‘Egan or Ward?’

Ireland and Leinster's Sean O'Brien watches the action from the Kilkenny College sideline yesterday.
Ireland and Leinster's Sean O'Brien watches the action from the Kilkenny College sideline yesterday.
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EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know before 9am.

1. #BOXING Let’s get ready to rumb… well, it is a big night of amateur boxing tonight. We’ll be live from the National Stadium as Kenny Egan and Joe Ward face off in a much-anticipated bout on a stacked national finals card.

As well as going punch-by-punch from ringside, we’ll have a proper preview later. Who do you fancy?

2. #SIX NATIONS It’s back to business for the northern hemisphere’s best international sides this weekend. France host Italy in Paris while Scotland and England face off for the Calcutta Cup.

On Sunday of course, Ireland welcome their Rugby World Cup quarter-final victors, Wales. Warren Gatland will name his starting XV for the Aviva Stadium visit this lunchtime.

Here’s what bloggers from either side of the Irish Sea make of the build-up.

3. #GAA There’s also a busy weekend of football action in store with Dublin v Kerry the curtain raiser to the league campaign at Croke Park tomorrow evening. The Kingdom named their side yesterday.

4. #GAA Derrytresk have indicated they will appeal the eight bans handed down to players this week in the wake of the ugly scenes at their All-Ireland Junior Club championship game with Dromid Pearses of Kerry last month in Portlaoise.

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5. #COURT Harry Redknapp fought back the tears in court yesterday as he denied ‘telling a pack of lies’ in court.

Redknapp and his former chairman at Portsmouth, Milan Mandaric, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue at times between 2002 and 2008 while they were working together.

In response to prosecutor John Black QC suggesting that Redknapp has been dishonest in the dock, the White Hart Lane boss replied: “You think I put my hand on the bible and told lies? That’s an insult, Mr Black, that’s an insult.”

6. #HOOP DREAMS It’s  that time of the year again. The Basketball SuperLeague National Cup men’s and women’s finals take place at the National Basketball Arena later.

UCC Demons and UL Eagles meet in the men’s showpiece, while UL take on DCU Mercy in the women’s final. Those with Setanta subscriptions can watch the action from the stadium.

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