Print WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Email Twitter NewsLocal NewsSportMayor calling on Limerick to turn red for Munster ahead of European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finalBy Staff Reporter – April 17, 2019 1255 The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick is calling on businesses and citizens to show their colours and turn Limerick Munster red this weekend ahead of the province’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final tie.Thousands of supporters will be supporting their team from home as Munster travel to England to compete for a place in the final for the first time since 2008.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mayor James Collins, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian ReinhardtThe match against English club Saracens kicks off at 3pm this Saturday in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.Mayor James Collins said, “Munster’s European Rugby Champions Cup match days are very special, so I’m calling on businesses and members of the public to get behind the team and turn Limerick red. Let the team know that there is massive support behind them as they take to the pitch in Coventry. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see Munster in another European Rugby Champions final.”Limerick City and County Council will be flying the Munster flag at its Corporate Headquarters in Merchant’s Quay and in Dooradoyle ahead of the match. It will also be turning its exterior building spotlights red in Merchant’s Quay, while Munster flags are flying proudly on Thomond and Shannon Bridges. Previous articleNew tourism plan for Limerick envisages revenues of €360 million a yearNext articleSoviet shilling project could be a trial run for local currency Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook
Arsenal’s top scorer Alexis Sanchez faces a fitness test to determine his availability for Tuesday’s Premier League clash against relegated Sunderland while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger said.Sanchez was withdrawn with a thigh injury during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday that kept Wenger’s team in the hunt for a top-four berth. Defender Laurent Koscielny is also doubtful due to a calf problem.”We have a little bit of a problem with Koscielny but we should have everyone available,” Wenger told a news conference on Monday.”Alexis should have a test today. It didn’t look good but with him he is always so eager. (Kieran) Gibbs should be available but Oxlade-Chamberlain is out.”Arsenal are currently fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and four adrift of third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more.Arsenal need one of their rivals to slip up to have a shot at Champions League qualification, but Wenger is pleased by the desire his team have showed in recent weeks, with the win at Stoke marking their third consecutive league victory.”I am very positive because it looks like we get stronger in every game,” he added. “We won six of the last seven games. We look strong again away from home.”We have created momentum again. We had a difficult period and recovered from it. I think the only chance we have now to be in the top four is to win all of our games.”advertisementDespite the improvement, Arsenal look set to spend next season without Champions League football in what could be the first time in more than 20 years that Wenger’s team will not feature in Europe’s elite club competition.Wenger said a lack of Champions League involvement would not have any impact on the quality of players that Arsenal would be able to sign in the close season.”I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on how the club will be led and how we will operate on the transfer market,” he added.The manager, whose future has been the subject of speculation in the media and who is out of contract at the end of the season, did not clarify whether he would sign a new deal with Arsenal.