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Ex-Ringmahon player Grimes in goal tonight for Leeds XI

PBC’s Graham Smith holds off Crescent colleges Conor Slattery during their Munster Schools Junior Cup game at the Mardyke yesterday. See page 48 for match report. Picture: Eddie O’Hare


Hurley has honour of leading out club side

TOMORROW night at 7.45pm will be one of the proudest moments of Midleton man Gerry Hurley’s life, ZULWHV 6($1 0F&$57+<. He will lead his countrymen out to face England on his home ground when Ireland Clubs face England Counties at Temple Hill. The game kicks off a massive weekend of rugby which culminates in Ireland facing England at the Aviva on Sunday. Hurley’s side will hope to start the ball rolling the Club International game tomorrow night, the first game of its kind to take place ever in Cork. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate


RUGBY tomorrow night and will be sold on a first come, first served basis Meanwhile, Brian O’Driscoll has been installed as favourite to regain the post he filled in New Zealand eight years ago following his starring role in Saturday’s 30-22 6 Nations win over Wales. ● In the Munster Schools Junior Cup PBC will face Ard Scoil Ris in the quarter-final while CBC will meet the winners of Rockwell and St Munchin’s after Munchin’s gave themselves a lifeline with the first try in their 19-19 draw with CBC yesterday. ● P47-50 for more.

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Cork team set to be named tonight DEFENDER Michael Shields is expected to return to the Cork team to play Kildare in the league at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night (7pm).

The Barrs’ ace missed the defeat by Dublin last week due to a leg injury, but is likely to be named in the team later tonight. Damien Cahalane is considered a doubt after suffering a dead leg. He didn’t train with the U21s on Tuesday night and the management will assess the situation at training tonight. Cahalane is one of three U21s involved with the senior set-up at present, the others are Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) and John O’Rourke. This will be their last involvement with the seniors because of Cork’s opening defence of their Munster U21 title against Kerry on March 13. Cork are likely to show changes at the back with


Graham Canty in the frame to start, having been a sub against Dublin. Ciarán Sheehan did his prospects of being included from the beginning no harm when scoring 1-4 from play in CIT’s win over GMIT in the Sigerson Cup. And O’Rourke’s impressive 0-3 contribution against Dublin, as well as earning a couple of points from frees, is likely to ensure his retention in the team. Meanwhile, former Cork County Board chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan is the new vice-chairman of the Munster GAA Council and will take up the position at the provincial council’s annual convention at Bunratty tomorrow night. He will serve in this new role for three years. ● See GAA on P50.

ERIC GRIMES EHORZ makes a welcome return to Turner’s Cross tonight when he lines out in goal for Leeds United in a pre-season friendly with Cork City, 7.45pm. The former Ringmahon Rangers goalkeeper, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Monday, played for the Leeds U21s in a 2-2 draw at Wigan on Tuesday and he will be back between the sticks this evening. “I went over to Leeds two years ago on an Academy scholarship after Tony O’Neill, the Leeds scout in Kerry, saw me play in an international match. Then Bobby Tambling finally convinced me that it was the right thing to do and I made the move. “It’s been a dream move for me as I am a big Leeds fan anyway. My dad Kieran and older brother Ricky are Leeds fans as well. It’s been brilliant so far and I have no regrets,” said Grimes, who previously had trials with Ipswich Town, QPR and Preston. “I went to Ipswich for a trial on the same day as Roy Keane was sacked. I was at QPR and Neil Warnock was sacked a week later and when I was at Preston, Darren Ferguson was dismissed,” said Eric. Grimes — who has been capped by Ireland at U15, U16, U17 and U18 level and is on stand-by with Paul Doolin’s U19 squad — is hoping to win a contract extension at Elland Road in the coming weeks. “I am looking forward to it and hopefully I will get to start against City,” he said. ● See more soccer on P52-53.