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.
...Leinster coach Michael Chieka has another opportunity to test his squad on Friday against London Irish...
Leinster have a double header at Donnybrook on Friday with Leinster A taking on London Irish A at 5 p.m. followed by the senior teams at 7:30 p.m.
London Irish are expected to include a number of former Leinster players including Aidan McCullen, Bob Casey and Barry Everitt.
Tickets are available online from www.leinsterrugby.ie
Old rivalries will be renewed in Musgrave Park on Friday when Munster take to the pitch for their game against Leicester Tigers.
One player not to feature for Munster is new signing Australian Tom McGann. McGann, an openside flanker, will be lining our for his club, Eastern Suburbs, against Sydney University in the final of their cup competition before linking up with Munster next week. McGann has represented Australia at 7s and schools level.
For more information on tickets for the game go to www.munsterrugby.ie
...Ulster's Paul Steinmetz is back in the squad for the game against Earth Titans on Friday...
Mark McCall has named his squad for the Grafton Challenge against the Earth Titans at Ravenhill on Friday. Ulster welcome back Stephen Ferris and Paul Steinmetz. The Ulster A side will take on their Titans counterparts on Saturday 26th. The points scored by both team in each match will be tallied together and the club with the highest aggregate score will be crowned the Grafton Challenge Champions.
For more on tickets go to www.ulsterrugby.ie
Forwards:Justin Fitzpatrick, Declan Fitzpatrick, Tom Court, Paul Shields, Stuart Philpott, Justin Harrison, Tim Barker, Ryan Caldwell, Neil McMillan, Kieron Dawson, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry
Backs:Kieran Campbell, Paul Marshall, David Humphreys, Paddy Wallace, Paul Steinmetz, Kevin Maggs, Andrew Maxwell, Scott Young, Mark Bartholomeusz, Bryn Cunningham