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Joe Gomez: Liverpool defender out for up to six weeks with fractured leg

Joe Gomez (left) was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge with Ben Mee (right) Liverpool defender Joe Gomez could be out for six weeks after fracturing his left leg during Wednesday’s victory over Burnley. The 21-year-old England international was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp complained about Burnley’s tackling during the 3-1 Premier League win at Anfield. Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it was a “fantastic tackle” by Mee. A Liverpool statement on Thursday said “initial indications”…

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Joe Schmidt: Ireland’s Johnny Sexton admits he had doubts about his head coach

Johnny Sexton (left) has been ever present in the Ireland side with Joe Schmidt (right) as head coach Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has revealed his first impression of Joe Schmidt was that he was “too nice” to be a head coach. The pair have formed a formidable winning partnership for almost a decade with Leinster and Ireland. “I thought he was a bit too nice to be a head coach – how wrong could I have been?” Sexton told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast. “He is in fact the most…

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Who is in Garth’s team of the week? Marcus Rashford, Joe Gomez, Raheem Sterling

There was plenty of derby drama in the Premier League, with Divock Origi’s bizarre late winner sparking manic scenes of celebration at Anfield. Earlier on Sunday, Arsenal rallied from 2-1 down to beat Tottenham, and there were good wins for Manchester City and Chelsea over the weekend too. At the bottom, Southampton threw away a 2-0 lead against Manchester United and missed the chance to move out of the bottom three. But which players shone to make it into my team of the week? Goalkeeper – Alisson (Liverpool) Two amazing…

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Andy Farrell to replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach after World Cup

Farrell joined Schmidt’s coaching team in 2016 ahead of the summer tour of South Africa Joe Schmidt is to stand down as Ireland’s head coach after the 2019 World Cup and will be replaced by current defence coach Andy Farrell. Schmidt, 53, said he had decided to finish coaching and focus on family commitments. He has been with Ireland since 2013 and this year guided them to their third Grand Slam and a first victory on home soil over New Zealand. “I feel that Irish rugby is in good hands,”…

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World Rugby Awards: Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Joe Schmidt named player and coach of the year

Schmidt’s Ireland won every game that Sexton has started in 2018 Ireland have capped the greatest year in their rugby history by sweeping the board at the World Rugby awards in Monaco. Johnny Sexton became the first Irishman to win the men’s player of the year award since Keith Wood in 2001, while Joe Schmidt won coach of the year. The Six Nations champions were named team of the year having lost just once during 2018. France’s Jessy Tremouliere picked up the women’s player of the year award. It is…

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to announce future next week

Joe Schmidt has led Ireland to three Six Nations titles in five years Autumn international: Ireland v USA Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 24 November Kick-off: 18:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster MW, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he will reveal next week whether he will commit his long-term future to Ireland or return to his native New Zealand. Schmidt’s Ireland contract expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan and the 53-year-old admits he…

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Ireland v USA: Coach Joe Schmidt makes 14 changes to starting line-up

Tadhg Beirne scored a try in Ireland’s demolition of Italy at the start of November Autumn international: Ireland v USA Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 24 November Kick-off: 18:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster MW, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made 14 changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s final autumn Test against the USA at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Centre Garry Ringrose is the only player retained from the team which beat New Zealand…

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Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root says tourists want to find a settled number three batsman

Jonny Bairstow is averaging 26.88 this year, down from 34.31 in 2017 and 58.80 in 2016 Sri Lanka v England: Third Test Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo Dates: 23-27 November Time: 04:30 GMT Coverage: Watch and listen to The Cricket Social and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app England’s lack of a settled number three Test batsman is “not the perfect scenario”, Joe Root has admitted. The recalled Jonny Bairstow will be the fourth player to bat at three against Sri Lanka in three matches…

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England v Australia: Jack Nowell set to miss out, Joe Cokanasiga to come in

Jack Nowell missed training on Wednesday after being part of Tuesday’s session England v Australia Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 24 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live with BBC Two highlights at 19:30 GMT England wing Jack Nowell is set to be ruled out of Saturday’s match against Australia at Twickenham with a hamstring injury. Nowell, 25, did not train on Wednesday and rookie wing Joe Cokanasiga, who made his debut against Japan, is in line to start against the Wallabies. England are already without Chris…

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Sri Lanka v England: Youngsters will like watching Joe Root’s team – Michael Vaughan

Joe Root scored his 15th Test century to set up England’s victory in Pallekele Captain Joe Root can take England “on a journey that we will really enjoy watching”, says former skipper Michael Vaughan. England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs in the second Test in Pallekele to seal Root’s first overseas series win since taking charge in February 2017. It was also their first series victory in Sri Lanka in 17 years. “They will be a team that youngsters will like watching and will try and copy,” Vaughan told…

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