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We'll Leave it There So: Ireland's World Cup bid, Roy Keane on youngsters and all today's sport

Plus, an All-Black legend has hit back at Brian O’Driscoll’s criticism of World Rugby.

Jamie Heaslip before the final game Jamie Heaslip shakes hands with players at the 2016 American Football Showcase at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin today. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

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The Defence Forces will have six soldiers in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

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On The Record

We were the oldest squad (at the Euros), but we were also the most experienced. What will help us is the experienced lads who are still around. If you think for one second they’re going to be giving up their positions in the starting XI for any young player coming through, you’re sadly mistaken.”

Roy Keane defends the absence of certain younger players from the Irish squad.

Where we were today

Ben Blake was at the Ireland press conference ahead of the team’s trip to Serbia.

Gary Rogers Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Fixture List

  • It’s a big weekend in GAA, with Kilkenny taking on Tipperary in the All-Ireland SHC final, as well the Ladies Football senior semi between Cork v Monaghan among other fixtures.
  • There are a couple of League of Ireland games this weekend, with Sligo Rovers taking on Finn Harps.
  • There’s more Pro12 action, including Scarlets v Munster.
  • The College Football Classic takes place at the Aviva, with Boston College up against Georgia Tech.
  • UFC Fight Night Hamburg is on Saturday.
  • The US Open continues this weekend.
  • Deutsche Bank Days 2 and 3 are set to take place, with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell among the golfers in action.
  • There are a couple of World Cup qualifiers on Sunday, including Czech Republic v Northern Ireland.

Showbiz, Baby!

38-year-old Frank Lampard continues his remarkable resurgence in New York.

Source: Major League Soccer/YouTube

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