12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced the management teams for Ireland's 'A' and Under-20 international sides.
The Ireland 'A' team will again by coached by Connacht head coach and former Ireland scrum half Michael Bradley. He will be assisted by Ulster's current assistant coach Allen Clarke with Joey Miles also managing the side again.
All three were part of the 'A' team management during last summer's Barclays Churchill Cup tournament in the USA and Canada, where the Irish battled to third place. The Ireland 'A' team will be playing Australia 'A' on Wednesday, November 15 at Thomond Park, and the England Saxons on Friday, February 9 at Ravenhill.
With the change in the age grade structure in international level by the International Rugby Board from Under-21 to Under-20, Ireland will also have a new management team for the newly formed U-20s.
Former Connacht and Ireland out-half Eric Elwood, who is now Bradley's assistant at Connacht, will take his first international representative coaching role as coach of the Ireland Under-20 team. The side will be managed by former international prop Phil Orr, who helped guide Leinster to victory in the recent U-20 Interprovincial championship.
The Irish Under-20s' assistant coach will be former Connacht prop Dan McFarland, who is currently the video analyst for the westerners.
The 2007 U-20 Six Nations championship will see Ireland play France (Friday, February 9) and England (Friday, February 23) at home at Buccaneers RFC's Dubarry Park (kick-offs 7.30pm), while there will also be away trips to Wales (Friday, February 2), Scotland (Friday, March 9) and Italy (Friday, March 16) for Elwood's charges.