Supporters Club Audio: Limerick Camp Press Conference
1 November 2008 09:10
A general view of the top table at Thursday's press conference in Limerick, where Declan Kidney, Paul McNaughton, Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara answered questions from the assembled media
Members of the Ireland management and playing squad took part in a press conference at their team hotel in Limerick this week. Head coach Declan Kidney, team manager Paul McNaughton, captain Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara replied to questions from the assembled media.
To listen to the press conference (in two parts), please click on the links below:
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!
We caught up with Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs at the RBS 6 Nations media launch in London. 'Briggsy' is looking forward to the Championship and welcoming some new faces into the Ireland squad.
Joe Schmidt has named five uncapped players in the Ireland squad - Ultan Dillane, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Stuart McCloskey and Finlay Bealham. We spoke to them on their first day in Ireland camp.
Ireland's U-18 School and U-18 Club players were part of a three day camp over the Christmas period and received specialist training and advice workshops as they continue their development path. We spoke to Team Manager John McKinney, Caoches Noel McNamara and Mark Butler and IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee about the structure of the three days and the season ahead for the players.
In an in-depth interview IRFU Performance Director speaks about Ireland's Rugby World Cup review and the key learnings, the structure of the professional game, player contracts and movement and the challenges and opportunities for Irish Rugby.
Ireland Women's Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall, IRFU Director of Women's Rugby and Sevens, Anthony Eddy, and IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora speak about the World Rugby Women's Sevens Olympic Repechage tournament which will be hosted at the UCD Bowl next June.