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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C
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# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Wednesday
As the countdown to Tallinn continues, here’s your round-up of the morning’s sports news.

1. #EURO2012 Giovanni Trapattoni and the Republic of Ireland fly out to Tallinn this afternoon as preparations continue ahead of Friday’s play-off first leg against Estonia.

Both Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady joined up with the squad in Dublin yesterday, while Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Keith Andrews are all expected to take part in this morning’s session after sitting yesterday out.

2. #DONEGAL GAA All-Star Kevin Cassidy was controversially axed from the Donegal senior football panel last night after speaking too candidly about the side’s Ulster Championship winning season.

Manager Jim McGuinness is understood to have taken the decision after the wing-back revealed details of his training methods and preparation in a book published last week.

3. #BACK TO BLACK The Irish rugby team will have three chances to score the country’s first win over the All Blacks when they tour New Zealand next summer.

Details of the games in Eden Park, Christchurch and Hamilton next June were confirmed by the NZRU yesterday.

4. #POPPY David Cameron has weighed in on FIFA’s decision to ban England from wearing Remembrance Day poppies this weekend, slamming the decision as “outrageous” and “absurd”.

Football’s governing body confirmed yesterday that as the poppy sends a “political message,” England would not be permitted to wear it during Saturday’s friendly against Spain in Wembley.

5. #WSOP Germany’s Pius Heinz, 22, is $8.7m richer this morning after winning the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

On Monday, Dubliner Eoghan O’Dea was eliminated in sixth place, taking home €1.2m for his troubles.

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