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The Forecast: Crunch Time For Ireland & Three Provincial Finals

An action-packed weekend of provincial GAA finals, crucial World Cup ties, and Ireland’s deciding test in Australia, let’s that a look at what you should be tuning into over the next couple of days, in association with RNLI.

Saturday:

What?

International Rugby: Australia vs Ireland

When?

Kick-off is at 11 am on Saturday

Where?

Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia

Where To Watch? 

Sky Sports Action

Why Is This Game So Important?

With the test tied at one apiece, this game is a winner take all decider in the three test series. Australia comfortably took the first game, but Schmidt’s men bounced back last week for their first test victory down under since 1979.

Both sides will be going into this one gunning for victory as Ireland continue to build upon a great year which has already seen them claim Six Nations Grand Slam glory.

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What?

Munster Senior Football Final: Cork vs Kerry

When?

Throw in for this one is at 7 pm

Where?

Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Where To Watch?

RTÉ One will be showing the game with coverage beginning at 6:35 pm

Why Is This Game So Important?

A battle of old rivals in this year’s Munster final, Cork will be finally looking to usurp the Kerry dynasty that are looking for their sixth provincial crown in a row.

The Kingdom were victorious in their Munster final meeting this time last year by 11 points and Cork will be keen on revenge, but with Kerry going in as heavy favourites, it will undoubtedly be a difficult task.

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What?

World Cup Group F: Germany vs Sweden

When?

Kick off is at 7 pm on Saturday night

Where?

Fist Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

Where To Watch?

Like every World Cup game, this one is being shown live on RTÉ.

Why Is This Game So Important?

The reigning champions Germany are in desperate need of a victory to keep their World Cup chances alive following a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in game week 1.

Their opponents Sweden will fancy their chances of taking something off of a low on confidence Germany, and will see themselves into the last 16 should they pick up a second victory in the group.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Thomas Mueller of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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Sunday:

What?

World Cup Group G: England vs Panama

When?

Kick-off in this one is 1.00 pm on Sunday

Where?

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Where To Watch?

This game will be live on RTÉ and BBC

Why Is This Game So Important?

England’s second group game of the tournament against plucky underdogs Panama, Southgate’s men will be hoping for an improved performance after just scraping by Tunisia on Monday.

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What?

Ulster Senior Football Final: Fermanagh vs Donegal

When?

Throw in is at 2 pm on Sunday

Where?

Clones, Co Monaghan

Where To Watch?

RTÉ are showing this one live with build up starting at 1:10 pm

Why Is This Game So Important?

A historic Ulster final for Rory Gallagher’s Fermanagh who will be looking to pull a massive shock against their heavily favoured opposition Donegal.

Fermanagh have never tasted Ulster success but will be full of confidence following their superb victory over Monaghan in the semi-final.

Donegal, however, have got the ability to turn it on and blow away their opponents should they click in Clones on Sunday afternoon.

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What?

Leinster Senior Football Final: Dublin vs Laois

When?

Throw in for this one is at 4.00 pm on Sunday

Where?

Croke Park

Where To Watch?

RTÉ have this one on The Sunday Game

Why Is This Game So Important?

Dublin will be looking for their eighth Leinster title in a row, in a competition that has become routine for Jim Gavin’s men to win.

Laois provide the opposition at Croke Park after they defeated Carlow in their Leinster semi-final and will need nothing short of a miracle if they are to get a victory on Sunday.

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Other Events

World Cup Group games, All Ireland qualifiers, Senior Camogie Championship games.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com