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

Will Kylian Mbappe be meeting his future employers on Tueaday night? Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

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

Ireland’s  Finlay Bealham  is stopped by Gregory Alldritt and Demba Bamba of France during the  Six Nations match at Stade de France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Patrick Madden looks at some of the key factors at play in Saturday’s intense contest

Tadhg Furlong’s Ireland travel to Paris for a mouth-watering showdown on Saturday. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side travel to Paris on Saturday looking to follow up on their Wales win

Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson sweeps during the mixed doubles bronze medal game against Britain. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/Getty/AFP

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

Ireland’s usual suspects will be fit to take on Wales. Photograph: Ryan Bailey/Inpho

A mouth-watering Championship gets underway with fans back through the gates

Marcus Smith is in line to make his Six Nations debut against Scotland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty/AFP

Opening trip to Edinburgh likely to set the tone for Eddie Jones’s injury-hit squad

Jamison Gibson-Park will be key to Ireland’s Six Nations hopes. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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

Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell will be at the heart of Scotland’s challenge. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Townsend’s side are a match for anyone on their day but silverware remains elusive

Dele Alli has completed a move from Spurs to Goodison Park. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

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

Wales are the defending Six Nations champions. Photograph: Inpho

Wayne Pivac has been deprived of more than 700 caps in experience due to an injury crisis

Rafael Nadal is into the Australian Open final. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

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

The 2022 Six Nations was launched on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho/Six Nations

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

Stefanos Tsitsipas has beaten Jannik Sinner in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semis. Photograph: Michael Errey/Getty/AFP

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

Munster welcome Wasps to Thomond Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All four provinces can still reach knockouts heading into the final round of pool fixtures

Andy Murray went to a fifth set against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in his Australian Open first round match. Photograph: William West/Getty/AFP

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

Bob Olinger impressed again at Punchestown under Rachael Blackmore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

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

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne is bowled by England’s Stuart Broad. Photograph: Darren England/PA

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

Tadhg Furlong, Ronan Kelleher and Andrew Porter - the best frontrow in the business? Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

All four provinces are in action as Covid-19 ravaged tournament gets back underway

A decision is still to be made over Novak Djokovic’s visa with the Serbian included in the Australian Open draw. Photograph:  Mark Baker/AP

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

Novak Djokovic has released a statement admitting he failed to isolate following a positive Covid-19 test. Photograph: William West/Getty/AFP

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

Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United were 1-0 winners over Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty/AFP

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

Nottingham Forest fans and players celebrate Lewis Grabban’s late winner against Arsenal. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty

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

Ben Davies scores an own goal during Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty/AFP

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

England celebrate after James Anderson took the wicket of Marcus Harris in Sydney. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

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

Peter Wright beat Michael Smith 7-5 in an absorbing PDC World Championship final. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty/AFP

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

Ireland will play Scotland in the Nations League next year. Photograph: Getty

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

Munster have a six-day turnaround before their second Champions Cup clash against Castres. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster, Ulster and Connacht all in action after Leinster's trip to Montpelier was cancelled

James Anderson returned to the England side for rhe second Test in Adelaide. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/PA

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

Leeds were beaten 7-0 away to Manchester City on Tuesday night. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

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

The redrawn ties for the last-16 of the Champions League. Photogtaph: Richard Juilliart/Getty/AFP

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

Leinster’s James Ryan  during training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photo: Ben Brady/Inpho

Leinster are the first Irish province into action with a Saturday clash against Bath

Rafael Benitez saw his Everton side beaten 4-1 in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

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

Ireland women beat Georgia 11-0 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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

Katie McCabe and Ireland have a must-win World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday night. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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

St Pat’s captain Ian Bermingham lifts the FAI Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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

Will Mauricio Pochettino soon be back in Manchester? Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

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

Michael Carrick will take charge of Manchester United for the first time against Villarreal. Photograph: Matthew Peters/Getty

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

Wexford Youths celebrate their FAI cup final victory over Shelbourne. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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

James Lowe was a standout performer for Ireland against New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side look to round off a fine November window in style against Los Pumas

Chiedozie Ogbene celebrates after scoring Ireland’s third goal against Luxembourg. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Patrick Madden hands out the marks after Kenny’s side end their campaign on a high

Andy Farrell will be hoping to mastermind a famous win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Farrell’s side welcome mighty New Zealand to Dublin for the headline November Test

The Aviva Stadium will be sold out for the visit of New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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

Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute winner gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Villarreal. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty/AFP

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

Lionel Messi scores PSG’s second against Man City. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

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

Ireland women beat Australia 3-2 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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

The four provinces will play each other home and away in the new United Rugby Championship. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Pro14 returns in a brand new guise this weekend with South African heavies in tow

Shane Lowry and his wife Wendy Honner on the plane ready to head for Milwaukee and then the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty

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

David de Gea’s last-minute penalty save gave Manchester United a dramatic win away to West Ham. Photograph: Ian Kington/Getty/AFP

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

Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias celebrates scoring his side’s third against Celtic. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/Getty/AFP

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

Erling Haaland celebrates scoring Borussia Dortmund’s second against Besiktas with Jude Bellingham. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty

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

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring but Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Young Boys in Bern on Tuesday night. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/Getty/AFP

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

Andrew Omobamidele was one of Ireland’s standout players in their draw with Serbia. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Getty

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

Stephen Kenny with man of the match Gavin Bazunu after Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Serbia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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

Andrew Omobamidele impressed during Ireland’s draw with Serbia. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty/AFP

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side as they earn another late draw

Dara O’Shea is facing up to six months on the sidelines with a fractured ankle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

West Brom confirm 22-year-old needs surgery and will be sidelined until next year

John Egan leaps above Maksim Alaskarov during Ireland’s draw with Azerbaijan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side as they escape with a late point

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have landed another gold medal in Tokyo. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Portugal supporters after his late winner against Ireland. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

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

Adam Idah impressed during Ireland’s late defeat to Portugal. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side after agony on the Algarve

Rory McIlroy shares the lead after the opening round of the BMW Championship in Baltimore. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

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

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal set a national record in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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

Colin Judge in action against Zhao Ping on the opening day of the Tokyo Paralympics. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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

Tony Finau celebrates his Northern Trust victory in New Jersey. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

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

Limerick celebrate in front of their supporters on Hill 16 after their win over Cork. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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

Jack Grealish’s arrival at Manchester City has considerably bolstered the champions’ attacking resources ahead of the new season. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Key men . . . Irish connections . . . transfer ins and outs . . . predictions

Chelsea celebrate their Super Cup victory over Villarreal. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty

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

Lionel Messi has signed a two-year deal with PSG. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy/Getty/AFP

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

Kellie Harrington could ensure a golden end to the Tokyo Olympics for Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All eyes are on Kellie Harrington as the Olympic Games draw to a conclusion

Fionnuala McCormack battled to a 25th-place finish in the women’s marathon in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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

Phil Healy returns to the track in the 200m heats on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Phil Healy takes on defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah in 200m heats

Kurt Walker was narrowly beaten by Duke Fagan in the featherweight quarter-finals in Tokyo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry are both in contention heading into the final round at the Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

McIlroy and Lowry firmly in the golfing mix; Walsh forced to withdraw due to to injury

Rory McIlroy is three strokes off the lead in Tokyo. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Irish duo have work to do but medals in their sights heading into final round of in Japan

Mark English trails during his 800m heat in Tokyo - the Irish runner finished fourth. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty

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

Alun Wyn Jones is back to captain the Lions against South Africa in Saturday’sopening Test match. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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

Gerry Thornley believes Conor Murray should start for the Lions in the first Springboks Test. Photograph: Steve Haag/PA

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

Ireland’s Shane Lowry shakes hands with South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty/AFP

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

Mason Mount is currently in isolation after his 22-minute chat with Billy Gilmour. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Bukayo Saka’s enthusiasm is infectious; Luka Modric’s timeless magic sees for Scotland

Portugal could finish third in Group F and still progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Photograph: Hugo Delgado/EPA

Jeopardy is removed and mediocrity rewarded; Denmark reflect on magical night

David Marshall is beaten by Patrick Schick’s halfway line lob. Photograph: Stu Forster/AP

Czech striker’s goal will live in highlight reels forever; Ronaldo’s eyes on the collective only

Can Gareth Southgate harness his array of attacking talents - including Marcus Rashford? Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Everything you need to know as the European Championships finally get underway

Ireland players take the knee ahead of their draw with Hungary in Budapest. Photograph: Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty

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

Jason Knight is challenged  Akos Kecskes during Ireland’s goalless draw with Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Kenny’s side after their stalemate in Budapest

Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe make up a frightening French attack. File photograph: Getty Images

Team guide: Luckless Hungary face Portugal and Germany in group of death

Pau Torres has the potential to be a key player at the heart of the Spanish defence. File photograph: Jose Breton/Getty Images

Team guide: Can Robert Lewandowski replicate his Bayern Munich form for Poland?

Harry Kane is the main man for Gareth Southgate’s England team. Photograph: Getty Images)

All eyes will be on Scotland’s clash with England at Wembley on June 18th

Matthijs de Ligt will have to shoulder much of the defensive burden in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk. File photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Austria have a great chance of reaching the knock out stages for the first time

Romelu Lukaku’s goals will be crucial to Belgium’s chances this summer. File photograph: Getty Images)

Denmark should progress to knockout stages ahead of Russia and Finland

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Team guide: Wales will need some Gareth Bale magic while Turkey are a threat

Ireland celebrate after Troy Parrott’s equaliser against Andorra. Photograph: Eric Alonso/Getty

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side after they come from behind

Brooks Koepka’s feud with Bryson DeChambeau was seemingly reignited at Kiawah Island. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Leaked footage shows Koepka bristling with compatriot after Kiawah Island round two

Sligo Rovers’ Walter Figueira celebrates his side’s win over Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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

Phil Mickelson is mobbed by spectators at Kiawah Island. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

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

Riyad Mahrez waves a Palestinian flag following Manchester City’s win over Everton. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/Getty

Algerian becomes latest Premier League footballer to show support for Palestine

Pádraig Harrington was the pick of the Irish on the opening day at Kiawah Island. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty

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

Cormac Costello scores a late point for Dublin from the penalty spot in their win over Roscommon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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

Japan players celebrate their victory over Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

July fixtures at Aviva Stadium replace Fiji tour cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

Rory McIlroy celebrates his Wells Fargo victory with wife Erica and daughter Poppy. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty

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

Edinson Cavani scored a brace as Manchester United secured safe passage into the Europa League final. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Getty/AFP

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

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