Friday’s Sport – What’s Happening Today

Rugby may not be a mainstay of the Japanese sporting diet, but today sees an opportunity for that to change, even if it is only for a brief period. In the seventh meeting between the two sides, Japan and Russia will meet at the Ajinomoto Stadium, with a sell-out crowd just shy of 50,000 guaranteed.

For Irish rugby fans, the kick-off time is unlikely to suit with the two countries lining out at 11:45. So if an early pub lunch doesn’t suit, most will have to settle for the highlights tonight on RTE2 at 22:00.

Before settling down for that, there is plenty of Premier Division football to take in. Dundalk will be looking to cement their place at the table’s summit when they visit an in-form Waterford team, while Shamrock Rovers host St. Patrick’s Athletic in Tallaght.

The remainder of the evenings games sees Derry City host Bohemians, Sligo Rovers travel to Belfield to face UCD and Finn Harps looking to keep enough daylight between themselves and Maciej Tarnogrodzki’s side, to secure a relegation/promotion play-off spot, when they travel to Cork.

In the Premier League, Southampton and Bournemouth meet at St. Mary’s with both sides on seven points. A victory for either side would see them move into third place.

There’s plenty of continental football too if that’s your tickle, with the Ligue 1 clash of struggling Strasbourg and high flying Nantes, Osasuna looking to gain traction in La Liga with the visit of Real Betis, the Serie A clash of Cagliari and Genoa and Schalke 04 looking to join RB Leipzig, temporarily at least, at the summit of the Bundesliga when they welcome Mainz 05 to the Veltins Arena.

The BMW PGA Championship continues at Wentworth, where Matt Wallace finished the opening day yesterday top of the leaderboard, on seven under, The Englishman is in close pursuit by Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm, who both lie a shot off the leader. Shane Lowry, meanwhile starts the day on par, with Padraig Harrington one over and Rory McIlroy way back in the field, tied for 114th place on 4 over.