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We'll Leave It There So: Sexton fit for France, PieGate ends in tears and all today's sport

Elsewhere, a new role for Damien Duff while Dan Carter’s drink-driving has cost dearly.

Keith Earls and Jonathan Sexton Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

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Johnny Sexton is fit for the upcoming Six Nations clash with France but kicking coach Richie Murphy has insisted the out-half ‘has no divine right to get picked’.

Meanwhile, Les Bleus will be without Mathieu Bastareaud and Damien Chouly for Saturday’s encounter – the former because of concussion, the latter due to an ankle injury.

Joe Schmidt‘s Irish team will take in a test against the USA in Harrison, New Jersey on 10 June as part of their summer tour.

Ian Madigan Source: Morgan Treacy; ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy/INPHO

‘Definitely not’: Munster’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has ruled out a move for Bordeaux’s Ian Madigan.

Three of Ireland’s key female players are to be pulled from Six Nations duty to play in the next leg of the World Rugby 7s in Las Vegas in early March.

The Derry Pele is back! Former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt has signed for Finn Harps and is line to feature on Friday night against Cork City.

Limerick continue to strengthen their squad with the loan signing of 21-year-old Sunderland defender Tommy Robson.

Damien Duff has taken on a new role as Shamrock Rovers’ U15 manager, which he will combine with first-team duties.

Kilkenny’s former All-Ireland-winning captain Eoin Larkin has clarified his criticism of the Cats’ Allianz Hurling League loss to Clare at the weekend.

Away

Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has resigned from the club after his pie-eating antics during the FA Cup clash with Arsenal were investigated by the FA and the Gambling Commission.

New Zealand rugby icon Dan Carter has lost his Land Rover sponsorship deal after he was caught drink-driving in Paris last week.

The Best Thing We Shared

A new series of The Toughest Trade hits our screens next month and follows Michael Murphy and Lee Chin as they swap football and hurling for rugby and ice-hockey respectively.

Here’s a tease of what you can expect.

Source: AIB Bank/YouTube

Where We Were Today

Devin Toner Source: Dan Sheridan; ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Sean Farrell and Ryan Bailey were at Carton House to get the views of a number of Irish players ahead of the weekend’s battle with Les Bleus.

On The Record

John Caulfield is a winner. That’s why he brought us down: to win things. Personally it’s a failure if we don’t win the league, that’s being brutally honest with you. I think the lads in the dressing room feel the exact same way.”

Paul Dollery got the thoughts of Cork City’s Steven Beattie ahead of the new domestic season.

Source: The42.ie/YouTube

The Fixture List

Soccer

UEFA Champions League Round of 16

FC Porto v Juventus, 7.45pm
Sevilla v Leicester, 7.45pm

UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Saint. Etienne v Manchester United, 5pm
FC Schalke v PAOK Salonika, 5pm
Fenerbahce v Krasnodar, 5pm

GAA

EirGrid Leinster U21FC first round 

Westmeath v Meath, St Loman’s, Mullingar, 7.30pm
Wicklow v Louth, Baltinglass, 7.30pm
Carlow v Wexford, Netwatch Cullen Park, 7.30pm

‘It’s just a selection issue now’: Sexton fit and ready for France

Sutton keeper Wayne Shaw resigns from club over gambling investigation

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