J-J Hanrahan has been passed fit to start for Munster in their Heineken Champions Cup match away to Racing on Sunday.

The out-half has shaken off a hamstring issue with hooker Niall Scannell making his 100th appearance for the Reds.

Mike Haley is fit to start at full-back with Peter O’Mahony skippering the side from the back-row.

Ireland lock James Ryan will miss Leinster’s match against Lyon on Sunday.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are paired in midfield with Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne in the half-backs.

Max Deegan is prefered to Caelan Doris at number eight for last year’s beaten finalists.

Marcell Coetzee and Jordi Murphy are back in the Ulster pack for their trip to Clermont on Sunday.

Connacht captain Jarrad Butler returns for their clash with Toulouse at the Sportsground.

Irish internationals Bundee Aki, Jack Carty, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy also start for the westerners.


New Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has confirmed that Stephen Cluxton is staying on for the 2020 season.

The footballer of the year captained the Dubs to a landmark fifth All-Ireland title in-a-row last summer and it’ll be his 20th year with the panel.

Farrell says the Parnell club man remains a key member of his panel


Darren Randolph’s return to West Ham has been delayed as he can’t pass a medical.

The Middlesbrough ‘keeper’s four-million pounds move is being held up by a thigh injury.

David Moyes’ side face Sheffield United in the Premier League tonight.

He’s been keen to bolster his squad after back-up Roberto’s disastrous spell deputising Lukasz Fabianski earlier this season.

But the Scot is hopeful a deal for the Republic of Ireland international can still be done


Harry Maguire could make a surprise return for Manchester United in their Premier League clash with Norwich tomorrow.

The defender suffered a hip injury in last weekend’s FA Cup draw with Wolves and there had been reports he could be sidelined for several weeks.

But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the problem is not serious.


Republic of Ireland under-21 striker Aidan Keena has joined Hartlepool from Hearts.

The Westmeath youngster was allowed to leave on a free transfer after two years at the Scottish Premiership side.

Keena will link up with his former coach Jon Daly at his new club.


Shane Lowry is four shots off the lead heading into the weekend at the re-scheduled Hong Kong Open.

The Open winner shot a second-round 66 to move to move to five-under-par.

Wade Ormsby holds a two shot advantage over the field at nine-under.


Donnacha O’Brien will saddle his first runners as a trainer later.

He’ll send out Mythologic and Flower Garland at Dundalk this evening.

Both were formerly trained by his father Aidan.

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