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.
The Ireland team will open the tournament against France in Issoire on Friday, June 9 - the same opposition they played in the first game of last year's tournament. the 2006 tournament opener will also be televised live (broadcaster to be confirmed).
Other fixtures are:
Tuesday, 13th June Ireland v Argentina Cournon 16.00hrs
Saturday, 17th June Ireland v Georgia Issoire 15.00hrs
Wednesday, 21st June Match Day 4 TBC
Sunday, 25th June Match Day 5 TBC
The Ireland U21 Squad was named last week - click here.
...Lining up the tactics...