Tiger Roll returns to action on the flat at Navan today. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson with England debutant Jamie Vardy during the 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium in June, 2015. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There have been four draws between the sides in last 30 years, with one game abandoned

Andy Farrell’s Ireland resume their Six Nations campaign at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side return to action in Dublin as they look to stay in the hunt for the title

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner against PSG. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Kylian Mbappe’s PSG take on Manchester United on Tuesday night. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Rory McIlroy opened with a 73 at Shadow Creek. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Aaron Connolly pictured during Ireland training on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Liverpool were beaten 7-2 at Villla Park. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Juan Mata was named man of the match in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brighton. Photograph: Andy Rain/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Filippo Giovagnoli’s Lilywhites take on Faroese champions for a place in group stages

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard in conversation on the touchline during Tottenham’s shootout win over Chelsea. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Dundalk celebrate their penalty shootout win over Sheriff Tiraspol. Photograph:  Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Shane Lowry is the star name in the field at the Irish Open this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Aaron Green’s son, Jack, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s jersey after AC Milan’s win over Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

James Lowe runs the ball during Leinster’s win over Northampton at the Aviva in December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster meet Saracens in Dublin before Ulster take on Toulouse in southern France

Rory McIlroy plays into the ninth green during practice ahead of the 20202 US Open. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Dominic Thiem on the ground after his US Open final win over Alexander Zverev. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool holds the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of last season. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Patrick Madden looks at each of the 20 teams ahead of the new season

Ulster’s Ian Madigan celebrates kicking the winning penalty with teammates during last week’s Pro14 semi-final against Edinburgh. Photo: Craig Watson/Inpho

Pro14 final takes place on Saturday evening as Ulster look to cause an upset in Dublin

Darren Randolph makes a save from Teemu Pukki during Ireland’s defeat to Finland. Photograph: Niall Carson/Getty/AFP

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s men after their defeat in Dublin

Johann van Graan’s Munster are looking to lift their semi-final hoodoo against Leinster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Van Graan’s side look to end Leinster’s run before Ulster travel to take on Edinburgh

New Ireland boss Stephen Kenny with his assistan Keith Andrews. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s Republic tenure begins with fixtures against Bulgaria and Finland

Naomi Osaka wears a facemask bearing the name of Breonna Taylor after her win overcMisaki Doi. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Shane Delahunt shakes hands with CJ Stander after being shown a red card during Connacht’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Shamrock Rovers celebrate their penalty shootout win over Ilves in Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Rory McIlroy in practice ahead of the US PGA Championship which gets underway later today. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

A partnership of 214 between Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie set up Ireland’s seven-wicket victory over England in Southampton. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

West Indies captain Jason Holder and his teammates take a knee during day one of the first Test against England. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti embrace after Tottenham’s win over Everton. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Mason Greenwood scored twice for Manchester United against Bournemouth on Saturday. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Manchester City beat Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad on Thursday night. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The West Indies play the first day of a warm-up match at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

David Silva scores Manchester City’s fourth goal against Burnley. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Everton’s Tom Davies hits the post during Sunday’s derby draw with Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Kitman John Watson sanitises a cone during Shelbourne’s first day back to training yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The premier league restarts tonight with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. Photograph: PA

Patrick Madden assesess each side’s lockdown losers, heroes and run-in prospects

Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy bump fists after their final round in Texas. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Eamon Zayed walks out for his Shamrock Rovers debut in 2013. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

More Beautiful takes the opening race as live action returned at Naas on Monday. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Love and Ryan Moore (R) won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The Premier League is set to restart on June 17th. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning saw off Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in Florida. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

People walk past a billboard near Arsena’s Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

A view of people playing tennis at Greystones Tennis Club on Monday. Photograph: Stephen Heaney/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Gary Neville hit out at Carlos Tevez for his apparent lack of effort during his final days at Manchester United. Photo: AMA/Corbis via Getty Images

Haaland strikes a pose, Herrlich is caught out, quotes of the week and by the numbers

Schalke substitutes keep their distance during their side’s 4-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Photograph: Martin Meissner/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Borussia Dortmund’s  famous yellow wall is one of the great fan experiences. Photograph:  Getty Images

Bundesliga's return is great but the game is so much more than the 90 minutes on the pitch

The GAA are to meet on Friday with the All-Ireland championships hanging in the balance. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Flintoff celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting. Photo: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Flintoff the inspiration as generational series provided soundtrack to a summer

Andrew White and Andre Botha celebrate the wicket of Inzmam-Ul-Haq during Ireland’s famous win over Pakistan in 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Harry Maguire and Troy Deeney will administer the new #PlayersTogether fund. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Sonia O’Sullivan won 5,000m silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Virgil van Dijk has once again been imperious at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Patrick Madden hands over the marks for each side with the current campaign suspended

Shelbourne fans and players celebrate promotion last season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Kevin Kilbane tries to close down Zinedine Zidane during a qualifier for the 2006 World Cup, where the French midfielder would steal the show again. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Andrew Conway has discussed life in lockdown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The enforced coronavirus closure will hit golf clubs around Ireland hard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

A man walks past the closed gates of the Stadio Olimpico in Rome - one of the host grounds for the postponed Euro 2020. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Diego Simeone celebates Atletico Madrid’s extra-time win at Anfield. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Could Rachael Blackmore end the Festival as top jockey? Alan Crowhurst/Getty

The Cotswolds are ready to come alive despite looming threat of the coronavirus

Scott McTominay celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s second against Manchester City. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell ahead of England’s clash with Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

FFR confirm Paris clash will go ahead as tournament picks up again at Twickenham

Ireland and Portsmouth striker Ronan Curtis jumps for the ball with Mattéo Guendouzi during his side’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Zinedine Zidane saw his Real Madrid side throw away a 1-0 lead against Man City. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Chelsea with David Alaba and Alphonso Davies. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

CJ Stander gets to grips with Maro Itoje during Ireland’s defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Andy Farrell’s side after their defeat in London

 Ireland’s previous visit to Twickenham did not go to plan, but expectations are high ahead of Sunday’s clash. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish victory at Twickenham will secure the Triple Crown - team news, TV details

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring Celtic’s fourth in their 5-0 won over Hearts, which saw the Bhoys extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

England women beat Scotland women at Murrayfield on Monday. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Johnny Sexton tries to step Tomos Williams during Ireland’s win over Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Dark days of the end of Joe Schmidt’s reign are already starting to feel well in the past’

Josh Adams scored a hat-trick against Italy. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

We look at Wayne Pivac’s defending champions ahead of Saturday’s date in Dublin

The Irish frontrow train ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy train ahead of Ireland’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A look at Andy Farrell’s side for Saturday’s round two clash with defending champions

Conor Murray retains his place at scrumhalf ahead of John Cooney. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The defending Grand Slam champions are in town as Farrell’s side look for a second win

Shane Long is challenged by Jan Vertonghen during Southampton’s FA Cup defeat to Tottenham. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Shaun Edwards’s fingerprints were all over France’s England win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Scotland captain  Stuart Hogg drops the ball over the line during the Six Nations game against Ireland  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Scotland left rueing another one that got away despite improved performance

Adam Hastings starts at outhalf for Scotland in place of Finn Russell. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

We look at Gregor Townsend’s starting XV for Saturday’s clash at the Aviva Stadium

Bundee Aki has held off the challenge of a fit-again Robbie Henshaw and will partner Garry Ringrose in midfield against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at the XV to take on Scotland in Saturday’s Six Nations opener

Johnny Sexton and Stuart Hogg will shake hands as captains before Saturday’s Six Nations opener. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Everything you need to know ahead of the opening round of the 2020 Championship

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones with new head coach Wayne Pivac. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Warren Gatland has gone but the defending champions have plenty of strength in depth

Gregor Townsend and his new Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Finn Russell’s disciplinary issues followed a World Cup to forget for Townsend’s side

New Franch coach Fabien Galthié with his new captain Charles Ollivon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fabien Galthié has named 19 new caps as Les Bleus look to end their 10-year title drought

Temporary Italy boss Franco Smith with new captain Luca Bigi. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Franco Smith takes charge of a side without Championship win since 2015

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with goalscorer Diogo Dalot after Manchester United’s win at Tranmere. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Eddie Jones with England captain Owen Farrell ahead of the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eddie Jones heading into his fifth campaign with his side the World Cup runners-up

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell with captain Johnny Sexton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton leads side into Championship as they bid to banish the demons of Japan

Serena Williams won her first round tie at the Australian Open in straight sets. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

James Lowe, Cian Healy and Dave Kearney in Leinster training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Three of the four Irish sides could still be involved come the knockout stages in April

Leinster’s James Lowe offloads as he is tackled by  Noa Nakaitaci and Xavier Mignot of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster look to confirm top seeding while Ulster and Munster face differing challenges

James Lowe’s Leinster are already through to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster are all in action against French opposition

Jordan Larmour has played a key role in Leinster’s unbeaten start to the season, including their 19-point haul in four Champions Cup games. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht all in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals

Ireland’s Callum Robinson was on target for Sheffield United against AFC Fylde. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jose Mourino with Son Heung-Min following Tottenham’s defeat to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Freddie Ljungberg looks on during Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton at the Emirates. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jeff Hendrick tackles David Silva during Burnley’s defeat to Manchester City. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Tiger Roll enjoys some light reading at Gordon Elliott’s yard in Meath. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

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