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The Morning Score: Thursday

All the sports news you need to know this morning, or your money back…

Liam Rushe of Dublin and Conor McCann of Antrim at a photocall ahead of the All-Ireland U21 Hurling semi-finals.
Liam Rushe of Dublin and Conor McCann of Antrim at a photocall ahead of the All-Ireland U21 Hurling semi-finals.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

1. #RWC Irish coach Declan Kidney has named an all-changed side for Saturday’s penultimate World Cup warm-up against France, handing Munster’s Felix Jones a first international start at full-back.

Tonight, an Irish Select XV — including Leo Cullen, Isaac Boss and Paddy Wallace — take on Connacht in Donnybrook.

2. #KERRY GAA Paul Galvin will start from the bench against Mayo on Sunday after he failed to fully recover from a hamstring problem.

Galvin’s omission is the only change made by Jack O’Connor to the team which saw off Limerick in the quarter-finals.

3. #EUROPA LEAGUE Shamrock Rovers’ European adventure continues this evening when the Hoops welcome Partizan Belgrade to Tallaght for the first leg of their Europa League play-off.

Michael O’Neill has a number of injury worries with Ken Oman, Stephen O’Donnell and Dean Kelly all ruled out, while doubts remain over the fitness of playmaker Ronan Finn.

4. #BARCA The early-season El Clasico bragging rights belong to Pep Guardiola and Barcelona after they beat Real Madrid 3-2 (5-4 agg) in a highly entertaining Spanish Supercup final in the Camp Nou last night.

With the game heading for extra-time, Leo Messi — who else? — grabbed the winner with just two minutes to play.

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5. #YOUTUBE It’s Thursday, Thursday, gotta get down on Thursday…

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