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Murray Kinsella is in Rome, as Ireland prepare to face Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.

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It’s not easy for a Catalan guy to go to Germany after they had won a treble and have to learn Deutsch and get involved in that culture. And he helped me a lot – on and off the pitch. He was one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life. Even talking about the most intelligent players – he is one of them. Football is going to miss one of the best players I’ve ever seen. He can play in ten positions – no problems – because he understands the game perfectly.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola pays glowing tribute to the soon-to-be-retired Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm.

The Fixture List

  • There’s another round of Six Nations action. Italy v Ireland (2.30) and Wales v England (4.50) take place on Saturday, while France face Scotland (3pm) on Sunday.
  • The Six Nations is not the only rugby this weekend, with plenty of AIL, Women’s Six Nationsschools rugby, UBL and Pro12 action to look forward to.
  • There are nine Premier League games this weekend, with Liverpool v Tottenham on Saturday evening the standout match.
  • Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power are among the players competing in the Pebble Beach pro-am.
  • It’s a busy weekend in GAA, with Dublin v Tyrone and Kerry v Mayo among the games in Division 1.
  • There’s horse racing at Newbury, with the Gold Cup race taking place at 2.25pm.
  • UFC 208 gets underway on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as Holly Holm prepares to fight Germaine de Randamie.

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