RTÉ distance themselves from Joe Brolly comments

RTÉ analyst apologises over tweet describing Sky Sports GAA presenter Rachel Wyse as a ‘Baywatch Babe’

RTÉ Sport last night distanced themselves from the controversial remarks of their Sunday Game analyst Joe Brolly, claiming in a statement that "the views expressed by Joe Brolly are not those of RTÉ" while also warning that "he has been asked to desist from making such comments".

This was in response to a tweet earlier in the day, where Brolly suggested that that new Sky Sports' GAA team, unveiled on Monday, equated to TV3s broadcast team "+ a Baywatch Babe", a clear slight against Sky Sports' anchor Rachel Wyse: Brolly later apologised for the nature of his comments.

However RTÉ also added that “Brolly will be part of RTÉ’s broadcast team the week after next, as scheduled”.

Meanwhile, Gary O’Donnell will take over the Galway football captaincy for Sunday’s trip to London in the Connacht championship, with confirmation that 2014 captain Paul Conroy won’t be travelling to Ruislip due to a foot injury.


Galway manager Alan Mulholland has several other injury concerns, including Finian Hanley, Seán Armstrong and Joss Moore, but is due to name his team tonight.

Elsewhere, Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath has included four championship newcomers for Sunday's Munster hurling quarter-final against Cork at Thurles: Tadhg de Burca at corner back, Barry Coughlan at half back, and half forwards Colin Dunford and Austin Gleeson.

Gleeson steps up from Waterford's All-Ireland winning minor team of last year, while Eddie Barrett will also get his first championship start at midfield, alongside Kevin Moran, with both Stephen Molumphy (injury) and Shane O'Sullivan (suspended) ruled out. Underestimating Tyrone will travel to Newry on Saturday evening for their Ulster football championship replay against Down without underestimating their opposition in any way, unlike what they perhaps did going into Sunday's drawn game at Healy Park.

"We have learned that a game at any stage, playing against a county like Down, that they're not going to give it up and hand you the win," said Tyrone assistant manager Tony Donnelly "Perhaps we thought that was going to happen. Once they got the goal back so soon after we got the goal to put us seven up, that gave them the belief that they could get something out of this." WATERFORD (SH v Cork): S O'Keeffe; T de Burca, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, B Coughlan; K Moran, E Barrett; C Dunford, P Mahony, A Gleeson; B O'Sullivan, S Walsh, J Dillon.

Ian O'Riordan

Ian O'Riordan

Ian O'Riordan is an Irish Times sports journalist writing on athletics