Ireland team for Italy clash is announced

first_imgFormer Lions , Ireland and Leinster hooker Shane Byrne  says the team won’t get caught cold in our first game of the tournament against a tier one nation.There’s one game this evening as New Zealand clash with Georgia in Cardiff. Paul O’Connell captain’s the side and is joined in the second row by Iain Henderson.  The backrow is made up of Jamie Heaslip at No.8, Sean O’Brien at open-side and Peter O’Mahony at blindside.Mike Ross returns to the front row along with Rory Best and Jack McGrath. Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are paired at half-back with Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls in the centre.  The back three is made up of Simon Zebo at fullback withTommy Bowe and Dave Kearney filling the wing positions. Among the replacements are Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Nathan White, Devin Toner,Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Luke Fitzgerald. Kick of is at 8.last_img read more

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“Lionel Messi is the best player I’ve faced” – Real Madrid legend Raul

first_imgRaul played at the Bernabeu for 16 years and has been amongst some of the world’s biggest footballing names.The New York Cosmos player-coach was asked the question by Sports Illustrated and said he believes Barcelona maestro Messi makes “the impossible easy”.Messi has catapulted Luis Enrique’s side to the top of La Liga after scoring 49 goals in 44 games this season, giving the Catalan giants a genuine chance of winning the treble.”Messi,” Raul told Sports Illustrated. “I was lucky enough to play with Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Cristiano… but Messi is different; he makes everything look so easy, so effortless – even the impossible.”When you watch him play, it’s almost as though you are watching him in the street playing with his mates. “From the time when I started out, the best players around then were Roberto Baggio and Ryan Giggs.”–last_img read more

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