This weekend might be the best for sport this year


It’s a massive weekend of sporting action this week – and it might just be the best two days of sport this year.

The Rugby World Cup and FAI Cup finals take place, while Katie Taylor is fighting and the UFC has a bumper show on in New York.

Here’s what there is to look forward to:

Rugby World Cup final 9am Saturday



England celebrate against New Zealand

After six weeks of Rugby World Cup action, the winner will be decided on Saturday.

England face South Africa in the final, with the action getting underway at 9am Irish time.

Katie Taylor v Christina Linardatou 9pm Saturday



Katie Taylor

Ireland’s golden girl is back in the ring on Saturday night as she bids to become a two-weight champion.

She faces Greece’s Christina Linardatou on Saturday night, with their main event bout expected to start around 9pm.

UFC 244 Saturday 11.30pm (pre-lims)




Conor McGregor’s old rival Nate Diaz faces Jorge Masvidal in the main event at UFC 244 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This will be a late one for anyone staying up as Diaz’s bout isn’t expected to commence until around 5am.

FAI Cup final 3.40pm Sunday



Cork City and Dundalk before the 2018 FAI Cup final

Shamrock Rovers face Dundalk in this year’s FAI Cup final, which takes place at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Hoops are aiming to stop the Lilywhites from winning a clean sweep of domestic trophies having already won the league and EA Sports Cup.

Ireland v Canada Women Hockey qualifier 7pm Saturday and 7.10pm Sunday



Ireland Hockey players Elena Tice, Gillian Pinder, Anna O’Flanagan, Sarah Hawkshaw and Hannah Matthews

Ireland women’s hockey team are aiming to book their place at next year’s Olympics.

They face Canada in two games on Saturday and Sunday in Dublin.

GAA club matches Sunday



Thomas Davis’ players celebrate after beating Kilmacud Crokes

It’s another busy weekend of GAA club action, with the Dublin Senior Football Championship final between Ballyboden and Thomas Davis among the games.

There’s also the Galway football final replay between Corofin and Tuam Stars, while Kiladangan face Borrisoleigh in the Tipperary hurling decider.

Down Royal Friday and Saturday



Road To Respect winning the 2018 Champion Chase

This is always one of the quality early meetings of the new jumps season and this year is no different.

Among the big races is the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle on Friday and the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Chase on Saturday.

Breeders’ Cup Friday and Saturday



A general view of racing at Santa Anita

More horse racing action – this time on the flat.

Santa Anita hosts this year’s Breeders’ Cup and Aidan O’Brien, his son Joseph and Jessica Harrington will be among the Irish trainers represented at it.

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