18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Jonathon Shortt (CBC Cork) comes into the team to replace the injured Rory Drysdale (Belfast Royal Academy), who dislocated his shoulder against England. Shortt's position in the replacements goes to Kevin Barden (Belvedere College).
Centre Tom Gleeson (PBC Cork) has a badly bruised shoulder and he is replaced by Fionn Carr (Newbridge College). Jonathon Watt (Royal Belfast Academical Institute), a replacement against England, is ill and was unable to travel so his place goes to Killian Lett (Kings Hospital).
In the forwards, prop Gary Walsh (Blackrock College), who had to retire during the first half of the Wales game, returns to the team in place of Tony O'Kane (St. Gerard's School), who reverts to the replacements instead of Liam Casey (Ard Scoil Ris).
The Irish Schools team selected to play France on Saturday, 17th April 2004 at, Graulhet at 18.00hrs is as follows: 15 - Robert Kearney (Clongowes Wood College) 14 - Jonathon Shortt (CBC Cork) 13 - Darren Cave (Sullivan Upper School) 12 - Fionn Carr (Newbridge College) 11 - Peter Shallow (Rockwell College) 10 - Conan Doyle (Ard Scoil Ris) 9 - Duncan Williams (CBC Cork) 1 - Gary Walsh (Blackrock College) 2 - Sean Cronin (Ard Scoil Ris) 3 - Paul Collins (Templeogue College) 4 - Jamie Cornett (Royal School Armagh) 5 - Devin Toner (Castlenock College) 6 - Diarmuid Laffan (Blackrock College) Capt 7 - Barry O'Mahony (Crescent College) 8 - David Pollock (Royal School Dungannon) Replacements: 16 - Gavin O'Meara (St. Mary's College) 17 - Tony O'Kane (St Gerard's School) 18 - Brian McGovern (St Mary's College) 19 - Darren O' Reilly (Blackrock College) 20 - Joe Burns (Coleraine Academical Institution) 21 - Killian Lett (Kings Hospital) 22 - Kevin Barden (Belvedere College).