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.
...Ireland's David Pollock amongst the captains at the IRB Under-19 World Championship in Dubai...
2006 IRB UNDER-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
TOP POINTS SCORERS - AFTER FOUR MATCHES -
58 - Colin Slade (New Zealand)
45 - Brian Collins (Ireland)
44 - Seremaia Tagicakibau (Fiji)
43 - Alberico Passadore (Uruguay)
42 - Mathieu Belie (France)
36 - Daniel Cipriani (England)
34 - Luke McLean (Australia)
33 - Davide Duca (Italy)
32 - Andrew Buxton-Forman (Canada)
31 - Giulio Rubini (Italy)
30 - Rhys Priestland Wales), Francois Steyn (South Africa)
29 - Samisioni Fisilau (Tonga)
27 - Rhys Jones (Wales), Chris Lind (USA)
25 - Santiago Di Meo (Uruguay), Joshua Holmes (Australia), Benjamin Omegna (Chile)
24 - Cameron Ferguson (Scotland)
20 - Timothy Bateman (New Zealand)
TOP TRY SCORERS -
5 - Santiago Di Meo (Uruguay), Joshua Holmes (Australia)
4 - Timothy Bateman (New Zealand), Rokodaini Bativagone (Fiji), Jack Durling (Canada), Tomasi Mawi (Fiji), Matt O'Leary (Canada), Lachlan Rosengreen (Australia), Colin Slade (New Zealand)
3 - Andrea Bacchetti (Italy), Tornike Dzagnidze (Georgia), Anthony Faingaa (Australia), Brett Gillespie (Australia), Gareth Goodin (New Zealand), Colin Goudie (Scotland), James Hanson (Australia), Iliesa Keresoni (Fiji), Giorgi Lomsadze (Georgia), Kenneth Owens (Wales), Silaumua Potifele (Samoa)
IRISH SCORERS - AFTER FOUR MATCHES -
45 - Brian Collins (3 cons, 13 pens)
5 - Keith Earls, Sean Carey, Conor McInerney, Ruaidhri Murphy, Gerard Slattery (1 try each)
DID YOU KNOW? -
- IRELAND are the TOP PENALTY SCORERS after four matches. Castleknock College out-half Brian Collins has kicked THIRTEEN successful penalties. France are close behind on 11.
- There have been ONE RED CARD in the tournament so far. French winger Yoann Huget was sent off, 37 minutes into his side's semi-final defeat to Australia on Monday (April 17). SAMOA have the worst discipline of the teams with SIX YELLOW CARDS. Ireland's sole sin-binning was for Belvedere College prop Cian Healy v Argentina (April 17).
...UCD and Ireland's Ian Keatley...
- In February, Ireland played WALES - their 5TH-6TH PLACE PLAY-OFF opponents on Friday - at Blackrock College RFC. The young Dragons scored a 31-6 win to lift the Triple Crown. Ireland's scorer was UCD's Ian Keatley, who filled in at out-half for Brian Collins and kicked two first half penalties at Stradbrook.
Justin Burnell's Welsh side went on to claim an U-19 Grand Slam with victories over Italy (32-18) and France (32-12), both at Aberavon.
- New Zealand's TIMOTHY BATEMAN will be appearing in his SECOND SUCCESSIVE IRB Under-19 World Championship FINAL, if selected against Australia on Friday. The 18-year-old out-half/centre played was in the number 13 shirt for last year's decider which the Baby Blacks lost 20-15 to South Africa.
- The SHORTEST PLAYER in this year's tournament is Samoan scrum half ALATASI TUPOU, who stands at just 5FT (152CM). St. Munchin's hooker Gerard Slattery, Belvedere scrum half Paul O'Donohoe and Blackrock centre Aidan Wynne share the honour of being Ireland's shortest players at 5ft 8in (172cm).