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Ireland name their team for second Test; Rafael Nadal powers through at Wimbledon

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Mack Hansen comes into the backline in the only change to the Ireland team for Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. Check out all the team news here as Ireland and the All Blacks both named their XVs early this morning. Gerry Thornley’s letter from Queenstown today covers rising Covid numbers, the forecast for snow — and an earthquake hit earlier this week ...

Derry City and Sligo Rovers are looking to make strong opening statements in their Europa Conference League qualifiers tonight, check out the previews for both matches here. Derby County have announced the signings of Ireland’s Conor Hourihane and David McGoldrick. The women’s European Championship got under way last night with England edging Austria 1-0 in front of a tournament record crowd at Old Trafford.

Struggling with an abdominal injury, Rafael Nadal appeared close to retiring mid-match but found the will to beat Taylor Fritz 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (10-4) in four hours and 20 minutes to set up a Wimbledon semi-final showdown against controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Meanwhile, Mattie Kenny has stepped down as Dublin hurling manager. The Galway native, who also took Dalkey club Cuala to back-to-back All-Ireland titles, informed the county board that after four years he would not be seeking another term in charge.