We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland’s clean bill of health, Skrtel’s ban and all today’s sport

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at today’s training session in Malahide. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

HomeRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill’s squad are in good health for Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium, but the same can’t be said for the visitors.Three members of Ireland’s Six Nations-winning team have been nominated for the Player of the Tournament award.Kieran Marmion has returned to the Connacht squad for this weekend’s Pro12 clash with Munster.Brian O’Driscoll will be lending his expertise to ITV’s Rugby World Cup coverage.The fixture details for this weekend’s Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals have been confirmed.The GAA announced that the revised playing rules for hurling and football won’t come into play this weekend, as expected.Irish UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan is aiming to return from injury in Scotland in July, despite being involved in a car accident last week.

Tom Tierney and members of the Irish women’s team with the Six Nations trophy today. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

AwayLiverpool look set to be without Martin Skrtel for three games after the defender was charged by the FA.Mario Balotelli thanked Liverpool fans for restraining him from a confrontation with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.Uefa are confident of securing an extra World Cup place for European nations.Clarke Carlisle pleaded guilty to drink-driving before a suicide attempt last December.Rugby commentator Brian Moore has been deemed ‘too controversial’ for ITV’s World Cup coverage.One of Super Rugby’s most dynamic back rows will be playing in the Pro12 from next season.

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Where we were today

Sean Farrell was checking out the Irish women’s team’s silverware in Sandymount, Fintan O’Toole was in Ballsbridge for the EirGrid GAA U21 Football provincial finals media day, and Niall Kelly was in Malahide as the Republic of Ireland squad began their preparations for Sunday’s qualifier against Poland.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

On The Record

The English Championship’s top goalscorer Daryl Murphy is keen to play a part against the Poles in Dublin this weekend.

The Fixture list

Tomorrow sees a full programme of games in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. The meeting of joint-leaders Bohemians and Dundalk at Dalymount Park is the pick of the bunch.

Showbiz, baby!

We ranked the top 10 tries from this year’s Six Nations. This one featured… obviously.

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