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Conor Murray and Simon Zebo.

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  • 22-year-old Gary Ringrose is relishing his Six Nations debut tomorrow.
  • Rory Gallagher will give starting debuts to five young players against Kerry as Donegal open their Allianz Football League campaign on Sunday.
  • Wexford FC have dropped the ‘Youths’ from their title and changed their club crest.
  • Monaghan have named six Ulster U21 winners in their squad to face Mayo.
  • Shane Lowry is in contention at the Phoenix Open.
  • Three debutants start for Cavan as they face Dublin in their league opener on Sunday.
  • The All-Ireland minor captain and returning full-back have been named in the Tipperary side set to face Antrim.
  • Both Gonzaga College and Cistercian College Roscrea were successful in their school rugby ties earlier today.
  • The second round draw of the Leinster Senior Schools Cup was made, with reigning champions Belvedere College paired with St Michaels in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.

Away

Ireland fans in Edinburgh.

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  • Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Dubai desert classic with a back injury.
  • Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is set to leave his position ahead of schedule at the end of the month.
  • New Stoke City signing Saido Berahino failed a drugs test for recreational drug use in September and served an eight week suspension, according to a report.
  • Madrid and Baku are both in the running to host the 2019 Champions League final.

The Best Thing We Shared

A new film about the great George Best, entitled Best – George Best: All By Himself, is set to premiere later this month.

The newly-released trailer is worth a watch:

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Where We Were Today

Murray Kinsella was in Murrayfield for the captain’s runs ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations opener, and then headed to Cumbernauld for the Ireland women and U20 Six Nations clashes with Scotland.

Ryan Bailey caught up with record-breaker Sinead Kane and was at the Gonzaga and Castleknock schools rugby clash in Donnybrook, while Fintan O’Toole was in Croke Park for the GAA motions briefing.

On The Record

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman.

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Ireland and Everton star Seamus Coleman voiced his opinion on the state of modern-day football and the mentality of current players.

I think nowadays players are nearly too precious.

“I think if you have a bad game and someone highlights it on the TV or in the papers then so be it. That’s the job we’re in and we get paid a lot of money to do what we do. If we can’t take criticism, then there’s something wrong and I think it shows a weakness in a player. It’s the game we’re in, we’re going to get criticised just like we’re going to get praised when we’re doing well.

You can’t just take all of the good and not take any of the bad. You’ve just got to get the balance right, and not be a baby about it really.”

The Fixture List

We’re set for an action-packed weekend of sport, from Six Nations to National League, Premier League and of course, the Super Bowl. Here’s what’s lined up –

Six Nations:

  • Scotland v Ireland, Saturday 2.25pm
  • England v France, Saturday 4.50pm
  • Italy v Wales, Sunday 2pm

Premier League:

Among the fixtures Chelsea face Arsenal, Hull meet Liverpool and Spurs host Middlesborough on Saturday, while Sunday sees Man City and Swansea go head-to-head and United travel to holders Leicester.

Mayo and Monaghan go head-to-head in their league opener.

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GAA:

There are a few standout National League fixtures over the weekend. Meanwhile, the LIDL ladies league continues, there’s an All-Ireland SHC club semi-final and the Walsh Cup final is on Sunday.

  • Mayo v Monaghan, Saturday 7pm
  • Donegal v Kerry, Sunday 2pm
  • Cavan v Dublin, Sunday 2pm
  • Galway v Cork, Sunday 2pm
  • Meath v Kildare, Sunday 2pm

Super Bowl:

New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons, Sunday night.

Showbiz, Baby!

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Former NFL star Marshawn Lynch travelled to Scotland to find out how much they know about Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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