Racing Métro have confirmed that Ireland international Jonny Sexton suffered a broken jaw in Saturday's Top 14 clash with Toulon on Saturday night.
As football game plans go for underdogs, this was almost utopian.
Aston Villa 2 Hull City 1
This is the fixture where Hull’s band of Irishmen try to impress and depress Roy Keane in equal measure, and the trusty right-hand man of both Martin O’Neill and Paul Lambert will have much to tell the former when they meet up to plot the downfall of Oman and then Georgia.
Head coach Anthony Foley will have the pleasure of taking a winning team into Munster’s Guinness Pro12 campaign but he has demanded plenty more hard work from his players ahead of Friday’s season opener at home to Edinburgh.
David Howell helped deny his good friend Stephen Gallacher an automatic Ryder Cup place, but believes it would be a "travesty" if the Scot is not handed a wild card from European captain Paul McGinley.
Henry de Bromhead’s Darwins Fox made virtually all of the running to land the J P McManus Rated Hurdle at Cork yesterday.
"A declaration of war," Brolly called it.
Caroline Wozniacki showed she is back as a force in women’s tennis by stunning Maria Sharapova to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.