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We’ll Leave It There So: World Cup kick-off, Schmidt's eight changes and all today’s sports

There was also football success for the Dubs, fines for Cavan and Clare, as well as all the news from Brazil.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s sports news…

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group A - Brazil v Croatia - Arena Corinthians It's finally here; the World Cup begins with Brazil v Croatia. Source: EMPICS Sport

World Cup



  • Cesc Fabregas‘ much-rumoured transfer from Barcelona to Chelsea was signed and sealed.
  • England made the decision to switch Manu Tuilagi onto the wing for their second Test with New Zealand.
  • The IRB say they want rugby union’s top stars to get involved in sevens ahead of the Rio Olympics.
  • The US Open is in play and Rory McIlroy reckons it will be a test of patience.

The best thing we shared

More gold from the Rugby HQ lads, and we were delighted to see the Irish fans included in this memorable compilation.


Where we were today

Our man in Brazil, Mikey Stafford, picked up his media pass and ticket for tomorrow night’s exciting Group B clash. We’re not jealous at all! Check out Mikey’s latest column from Salvador.

photo Source: Mikey Stafford

On the record

I think we knew ourselves. We knew we hadn’t performed; we didn’t hurl well. It was Ger’s comments and fair enough – but we knew we hadn’t hurled ourselves and given a performance that we expected to do.”

Dublin’s Johnny McCaffrey on the performance that Ger Louchnane labelled as ‘pure constipated hurling’.

Showbiz, baby

This was a classy touch from Rickie Fowler as he honoured Payne Stewart at the US Open.

The fixture list

  • The World Cup continues tomorrow with Mexico v Cameroon (5pm), Spain v Holland (8pm) and Chile v Australia (11pm).
  • There’s the second round of the US Open at Pinehurst.
  • Emerging Ireland are in action in the IRB Nations Cup as they face Russia in Bucharest (2pm).
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