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Coughlan can grasp Six Nations ‘carrot’ ded for his stellar performance by being handed the captaincy of a side that contains Munster team-mates David Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry and Tommy O’Donnell. Coughlan intends to make the most of his opportunity and reckons all the players are in the

RUGBY same boat as they put their hands ups for selection for the senior side. “It’s an opportunity for everybody,” said the number eight. “It’s not being dismissed as ‘off you go now lads, play your game and we’ll see you at the

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end of the Six Nations. “We’ve been in the meetings. We’ve been going through game plans and having a look at the Welsh stuff so the carrot is there.” Coughlan’s provincial boss Rob Penney was at Coughlan’s alma mater

Cork CBC yesterday to see his sons received their cup jersies. Cameron Penney received his second row jersey for the junior cup team, while older brother Alex, a blindside wing forward, received his senior cup jersey. ● More P18, P49-50.

Adrian Mannix gets another chance to impress the Cork management team. Picture: Larry Cummins

Cork continue to experiment

A NEW-LOOK Cork team will take to the field at Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow for the Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final against Waterford IT, 2pm. The emphasis is again on experimentation with a number of players getting their first competitive start in a red jersey. Only eight of the side that started in last week’s win over UCC have been retained for this assignment and there’s a new full-back line of James O’Donovan from Bandon, Mark



CBC players Cameron Penney (junior team) and Alex Penney (senior) show off their school jerseys with their parents Erin Penney and Picture: Adam Clarke Munster coach Rob Penney.

TODAY is a red-letter day for Cork’s James Coughlan as he leads the Irish Wolfhounds out against England Saxons at the Sportsground, 7.35pm, ZULWHV 6($1 0F&$57+< The Dolphin player has been the form number eight and has been rewar-

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HURLINIG By JOHN HORGAN Ellis from Millstreet and Pat O’Sullivan from Carrigtwohill. O’Donovan featured in a challenge outing against CIT while Ellis was in the squad last season. Christopher Joyce and Stephen White are retained in the half-back line and are joined by Colm Spillane, who featured in the full-back sector last weekend.

Daniel Kearney starts again at midfield and is joined by Rob O’Shea from Carrigaline, the player who replaced him against UCC when the Sarsfields player received a knock. Brian Corry gets another chance in the half-forward line and he will be joined in the centre-forward slot by Cian McCarthy with newcomer Cormac Murphy from Mallow getting his first ever taste of senior inter-county action. Opportunity knocks for Kilworth’s Adrian Mannix at right corner-forward with Michael

Cussen getting another outing at full-forward and Newtown’s Jamie Coughlan makes his first start of the year on the left. Tried and trusted players like Shane O’Neill, Stephen McDonnell, Conor O’Sullivan, Patrick Cronin, Patrick Horgan and Paudie O’Sullivan feature in the subs list but there is an introduction to the senior set up for Carrigtwohill netminder William McCarthy and Harbour Rovers player David Pyne. The winners will face Clare in the semi-final. ● More hurling P52, 53.

BORD Gáis Neptune stalwart and captain Ger Noonan is urging his team-mates to seize their opportunity in tonight’s National Cup final, ZULWHV -2+1 &28*+/$1 Remarkably it’s been 21 years since the Cork basketball powerhouse captured the cup, and 10 years since their last piece of silverware was lifted. They’re underdogs against reigning doubleholders UL Eagles in the clash, which is screened live at 8.45pm on Setanta Ireland, but are hoping to bring the cup back to Leeside to honour the memory of Emmet Neville. The gifted player died 10 years ago this week at the age of 21. “My gut feeling tells me this is going to be the year that the drought ends,” Ger says, “but first we have to play out of our skins.” Team Montenotte captain Gráinne Dwyer is looking forward to the mouth-watering women’s National Cup decider against UL Huskies at 6.45pm, also live on Setanta Ireland.


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Bord Gáis Neptune Demons in action and UCC during the Men’s SuperLeague National semi-final at Neptune Cup

weeks ago. Neptune Stadium two final tonight at the face UL in the Basketball Arena in Tallaght. Picture: SPORTSFILE


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National Cup preview in Cork Sports World Dwyer, one of the grittiest players in Irish basketball, believes her team has the firepower to bring down the champions. “UL are overwhelming favourites, but we stand proud as the only team to have defeated them in two years of competition.” Looking back on Team Montenotte’s league win, Dwyer is wary UL will be going all out to avenge that defeat. “There is little doubt when they were leading us by 23 points in the first half, they thought it was a case of going through the motions.”

Cobh regain league status

COBH Ramblers are back in the League of Ireland after a four-year absence, ZULWHV 12(/ 63,//$1( The east Cork were awarded a First Division licence by the FAI to compete in the 2013 First Division, which will consist of eight clubs. The return of the harbour club is a welcome development for the Airtricity League, after they failed to meet the first division criteria on previous occasions due to financial issues. The decision paves the


way for an eight-team First Division subject to licences being issued when the committee meet again in mid-February after the January 30 deadline for final financial submissions from other clubs. As a new applicant, Cobh requested an early decision in their case. This was to facilitate the registration of players prior to the January 31 amateur transfer window deadline. ● See P47 for more.

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