Sports Digest: New Irish rugby players prepare for the RBS Six Nations


IRELAND will warm-up for Euro 2012 with a home fixture against Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 26, and an away match in Hungary on June 4.

The FAI have also confirmed that the team will be based at a training camp in Italy for a week before the tournament.

FAI chief executive John Delaney is also to ask UEFA for more tickets for Irish fans ahead of the finals.
“I am hopeful that we might get some extra tickets as we get nearer to the Euros. We have made representations. We have got 6,000 tickets per game, they’ll all go,” said Delaney.

“We are going to try to secure some extra tickets for the supporters because it is in our interest and everybody’s interest to get as many Irish people into those three games as possible to encourage the team and get behind the team.”

The proposed friendly with England is now likely to happen in November.

Delaney has also announced reduced ticket prices for the February friendly against the Czech Republic in Dublin.
Not for Sale

WOLVES manager Mick McCarthy has said he would be crackers to sell striker Kevin Doyle or winger Stephen Hunt.

Both Irish players were linked with deadline day moves away from McCarthy’s Wolves on Tuesday.
Everton and Blackburn were both rumored to be interested in Doyle while Celtic were said to be considering an offer for Hunt.

McCarthy was in no mood to sell either player, however, when he spoke before the transfer window closed in England at midnight on Tuesday.

He said, “Whether there is interest or there isn’t interest in Kevin, it doesn’t matter because he is going nowhere. I would really be crackers to sell Doyle or Stephen Hunt. I’m not crackers.”
Soccer Shorts

SLIGO Rovers have re-signed goalkeeper Richard Brush from Shamrock Rovers and awarded new contracts to ‘keeper Ciaran Kelly and midfielder John Dillon . . .

SUNDERLAND winger James McClean has moved closer to a first Irish cap after FIFA confirmed they are processing the paperwork on his switch from Northern Ireland . . .

FORMER Irish midfielder Colin Healy has returned home to Cork City after his spell in England with Ipswich Town . . .

DERRY City defender and former Celtic trainee Daniel Lafferty has moved to English Championship outfit Burnley . . .

CORK City striker Graham Cummins has signed for English Division One side Preston North End . . .
MIDFIELDER Peter McMahon has moved to Bohs from Drogheda United . . .

IRISH striker Andy Keogh has moved to Millwall from Wolves.