Hanrahan is preparing to go to France; all eyes on Luxembourg

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 Hanrahan is preparing to go to France;  all eyes on Luxembourg


JJ Hanrahan from Munster is about to move to France, according to reports in local media. This morning John O’Sullivan reports the 28-year-old half-man is likely to strike a two-year deal with Clermont Auvergne because he opts for more playing time given the wealth of options that Munster has. Indeed, Munster will use these options tomorrow when he meets Leinster in the Pro14 final at 5pm (you can follow all the action on our liveblog from 4.30pm). Barely a week after leaving the Irish camp after the Six Nations victory against England, the teammates will again be adversaries tomorrow with Tadhg Beirne yesterday. detailing some of the challenges of moving from one system to another. Tonight Scotland will seek to end their 22-year-old Parisian hoodoo and deny their hosts the Six Nations title. France must win by 21 points and earn a bonus point from four tries in the revamped clash if they have to send Wales to the championship.

Let’s move on to football and tomorrow is a big day for Stephen Kenny and Ireland as they set off in search of their first 10-game win in the manager’s diet. Ireland set to beat Luxembourg at home (7:45 p.m., follow our liveblog from 7:00 p.m.) but opponents may not quite measure up to some after achieving impressive results over the past two years. One man likely to start in Dublin after impressing in Belgrade is Josh Cullen. Anderlecht midfielder says tomorrow’s clash is a must win and he thinks there are a lot of positives to be learned from the 3-2 defeat to Serbia. Luxembourg have always been one of the minnows of European football and have accomplished little, but they continue to roll the rock up the hill, as James McDermott writes. Last night Northern Ireland got frustrated in Parma as their first qualifier ended in a loss to Italy while John McGinn recovered a late point for Scotland against Austria.

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