Johne Murphy has today announced his retirement from professional rugby, calling time on a hugely successful ten-year career which saw the utility back win titles with both Munster and Leicester Tigers.
Emerging Ireland were crowned Tbilisi Cup champions for the first time last weekend, seeing out a three-match winning run with a runaway 45-12 victory over hosts Georgia. Check out the full Georgia v Emerging Ireland match video courtesy of the Georgian Rugby Union.
Coach Allen Clarke and stand-in captain Billy Holland answer questions from the media following Emerging Ireland's 45-12 victory over Georgia in the final round of their successful Tbilisi Cup campaign.
The Emerging Ireland coaches have named their team to face hosts Georgia in the final game of the 2015 World Rugby Tbilisi Cup. There are nine changes to the starting line-up from Wednesday's 33-7 victory over Uruguay.
Emerging Ireland's bonus point victory over Uruguay and a surprise defeat for Georgia against Emerging Italy means that Allen Clarke's men have secured the Tbilisi Cup title with one round remaining. Check out the full Emerging Ireland v Uruguay match video courtesy of the Georgian Rugby Union.
Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke speaks about his side's five-try 33-7 win over Uruguay in the Tbilisi Cup and the first half injury to captain Rhys Ruddock. They wrap up the tournament against hosts Georgia on Sunday.
Speaking about the floods that occurred following the Tbilisi Cup's first round, Emerging Ireland team manager Joey Miles said: "A natural event like that, a tragedy like that puts the game of rugby into perspective. We express our regrets to the Georgian people and the Georgian Union for the terrible tragedy that they had."
Emerging Ireland ran in four tries - three of them in the first half - as they opened their World Rugby Tbilisi Cup campaign with a 25-0 victory over Emerging Italy. Check out the full match video courtesy of the Georgian Rugby Union.
Emerging Ireland coaches Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey have named their team for Saturday's World Rugby Tbilisi Cup opening round clash with Emerging Italy at Avchala Stadium (kick-off 5pm local time/2pm Irish time).
The Emerging Ireland coaching ticket of Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey, working in tandem with the Ireland senior management, have named a squad of 27 players to travel to Georgia to compete in the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup next month.
Hosts Georgia, Uruguay and fringe players from Ireland and Italy will have a chance to make a push for Rugby World Cup selection when they face-off at the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup tournament next month.
Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds. The 31-year-old played 98 times for Ulster and made seven Test appearances for Ireland, three of which were against the All Blacks. He also represented the Ireland Wolfhounds on nine occasions.