An action packed weekend of sport awaits

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It’s finally Friday folks, and what a weekend of sport awaits us.

Some old favourites are making their comeback, while other competitions are reaching their critical point.

Yeah, the weather is improving and we should probably try and get some fresh air, but have you seen the line-up?

We won’t tell if you don’t.

Return of the weekend

Outrageous diving, ludicrous post-match interviews and Sky Sports trying to sell us Stoke v Newcastle as some sort of televisual treat.

The Premier League is back baby!

Within weeks we will remember all the reasons we give out about it, but for now let’s just bask in the joy of a full fixture list.

We’ve been building up to this all week – check out some of our (totally non-contradictory) previews.

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And if you’re having a flutter, why not check out the musings of some of our sports team. These guys are doing the hard work to bring you some tasty treble options.

Manchester United v Tottenham BT Sport 1 – kick-off 12.45pm

First look of the weekend

The Rugby World Cup buildup gets underway on Saturday afternoon, with Ireland travelling to the Millennium Stadium to take on Wales in the first game of the Summer Series.

Joe Schmidt has named an experimental starting XV and, with only 31 places up for grabs in the tournament squad, all the players on the pitch will be busting a gut to prove their worth to the New Zealander.

It’s not live on any of the usual channels, but we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can watch live as Ireland take on Wales on Saturday.

Live on BBC Wales – kick-off 2.30pm

Double-header of the weekend

Ulster will have at least one representative in the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals – with the final two places up for decision on Saturday.

The first is an all-Ulster affair, with provincial champions Monaghan keen to extend their season with victory against Tyrone. Following that Donegal face Mayo in a repeat of the 2012 All-Ireland final.

Live GAA on Sky Sports 5 from 3.30pm.

Shaun Cronin and Peter McNamara talk through all the weekend’s GAA action.

Showdown of the weekend

It is do or die time for Kilkenny and Waterford this weekend. For one county the season ends on Sunday, while the other team book their place in the All-Ireland SHC final.

Kilkenny are the bookies’ favourites, but Waterford have impressed this year, and will have the traditional underdog support as they try to defeat Cody’s men in Croke Park.

Check out the mood from within the Kilkenny and Waterford camps ahead of the game. The Cats are represented by Paul Murphy and Eoin Larkin while Maurice Shanahan, Jamie Barron and Colin Dunford give an insight into the Deise mind-set.

The Sunday Game Live on RTE 2 – throw-in 3.30pm

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