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Leinster prop Marty Moore will miss Ireland's autumn Test series after being ruled out of action for 12 weeks.

The 23-year-old tighthead suffered a "bang on his shoulder" in Leinster's 20-3 victory at Zebre on Saturday, coach Leo Cullen has confirmed. Dublin-born Moore would have competed with Leinster team-mate Mike Ross for Ireland's tighthead spot in November's Guinness Series.

The five-cap front-rower's absence adds to Ireland boss Joe Schmidt's injury problems, with Sean O'Brien, Cian Healy and Fergus McFadden all out of autumn action. "Marty got a bang on his shoulder," said Leinster forwards coach Cullen. "He's with a specialist at the moment but it looks like he'll probably be out for around 12 weeks."


St Colman's, Newry picked up their first points of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup in Culloville yesterday afternoon, defeating St Macartan's, Monaghan 4-13 to 1-10, writes Séamas McAleenan.

Pearse óg McCrickard despatched a 14th minute penalty for their first goal and from the kick-out Oisin O'Neill pounced for a second major.

Three minutes later Frank Aiken got a third goal for the Violet Hill boys and the game was already as good as over.

St Macartan's pushed forward after the break and got their reward when Aidan Ward found the net.

However, the Newry boys were never really in danger and substitute Niall Scullion got their fourth goal four minutes from time.


Damian Mooney ripped it up on the Old Course at Ballyliffin yesterday as he stormed to a course record of eight-under-par 63 to win the opening round in the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Tournament, writes Tony McGee.

Mooney was six-under-par after just seven holes thanks to birdies at the third, fifth, sixth and seventh and an eagle at the par-five fourth.

A poor drive off at the eighth cost Mooney a stroke but back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 restored his momentum and he picked up another at the 14th.

A second bogey five blotted his card at the 16th, but he finished with another birdie four at 18.

* See results P51


Dan Martin won stage four of the Tour of Beijing yesterday as Philippe Gilbert retained the overall lead entering Tuesday's final stage.

The Birmingham-born Irishman surged clear in the final kilometre of the 157km route from Yanqing to the summit finish at Mentougou Miaofeng to triumph by two seconds from a three-rider group which included Belgian Gilbert.

Martin (Garmin-Sharp) is second in the overall classification, with Gilbert (BMC Racing) in possession of a three-second lead in the race which finishes at the Olympic Park this afternoon.


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