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The Morning Score: Friday

Six Nations, League of Ireland, GAA and a bit of swimming. Let’s do this.

James Lappin scores a try for Clongowes Wood College.
James Lappin scores a try for Clongowes Wood College.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know before 9am.

1. #GAA Monaghan GAA chiefs say they will bring their argument over the loss of home advantage in the wake of a brawl with Kildare, to the DRA.

2. #SIX NATIONS Declan Kidney will hold a press briefing this afternoon ahead of Sunday’s rescheduled game against Paris on Sunday. There are no new injury concerns for the Ireland head coach while yesterday Maxime Medard revealed that his tournament is over.

Luke Fizgerald was named in the Leinster side last night after an injury lay-off of his own.

3. #SWIMMING The national championships continue at the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown today. Yesterday, Melanie Nocher won women’s 100m backstroke final in a new personal best time of 1 miuute 1.92 seconds. The performance places her nicely ahead of her 200m main event.

Sycerika McMahon missed out in her first attempt at qualifying for the London Olympic games in her top event, the 100m Breastroke meanwhile.

4. #CHELTENHAM Kauto Star has been judged as 50-50 to make this year’s festival after he fell during a training ride under Ruby Walsh, it emerged yesterday.  The dual Gold Cup winner was expected to be the main challenger to his conqueror of last year, Long Run, when the Festival’s blue riband event goes to post in two weeks’ time. But a “pretty awful fall” on the gallops last week now appears to have put his appearance in doubt.

5. GAA The Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals take place at UCC today. The bookmakers have the hosts, who take on UL in the semi-finals, as 7/4 favourites while Limerick IT are outsiders at 9/2. They take on CIT.

6. #LOILIVE It’s back. The Airtricity League kicks off tonight. We’ll be live from Tolka Park as Shels return to the big time with a home tie against cup champions Sligo Rovers. The Bit O’ Red arrive with new manager Ian Baraclough.

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