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.
...Keelan McGowan, in action for Dublin University during the 2004 AIB League Division Two final...
The Irish Colleges have made one change to the team that beat their Welsh counterparts recently with Blackrock's Keelan McGowan in at fly half for Friday's clash with the Scottish Colleges.
With Colin Mahony unavailable, McGowan comes in at fly half. Ollie McCormack and Dave Houston are the only new additions to the replacements bench.
Friday's meeting with the Scots takes place at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh with the Irish hoping to make it two wins out of two.
IRISH COLLEGES TEAM (v SCOTTISH COLLEGES, RAEBURN PLACE, EDINBURGH, Friday March 10, kick-off 7.00pm):
15 - Darragh Hughes (Garda College/Garda RFC); 14 - Pat O'Connor (Limerick Institute of Technolgy/Shannon), 13 - Eric Moloney (Cork Institute of Technology/UCC), 12 - Michael McKeever (UU Jordanstown/Belfast Harlequins) (capt), 11 - Francis Cooney( Dublin Institute of Technology/DLSP); 10 - Keelan McGowan (National College of Ireland/Blackrock), 9 - Alex Ryan (Cork College of Commerce/Cork Constitution); 1 - Colum Murphy (Dublin Institute of Technology/Blackrock), 2 - David Sheehan (Limerick Institute of Technology/ Young Munster), 3 - Garrett Fitzgerald (National College of Ireland/Blackrock), 4 - Francis Broderick (University of Limerick/Garryowen), 5 - Michael O'Hea (Limerick Institute of Technology/ Garryowen), 6 - Brian Moroney (IT Tallaght/Terenure), 7 - Mark Ryan (Limerick Institute of Technology/Old Crescent), 8 - Stephen Corr (UU Magee/City of Derry).
Replacements: 16 - Sam Duffy (North West Institute Derry/City of Derry), 17 - Ollie McCormack (IT Tallaght/ St. Mary's), 18 - Philip O'Connor (Limerick Institute of Technology/Old Crescent), 19 - Dave Houston (University of Ulster/City of Derry), 20 - Ben Clements (UU Jordanstown/Ballymena), 21 - Jeff Hitchmough (Cork Institute of Technology/Midleton), 22 - Stephen Carey (Limerick Institute of Technology/Young Munster).
Team Manager: Don Spicer
Head Coach: Shay McGuinness
Backs Coaches: Donnacha McNamara & Eoin Hogan
Media Liasion Officer: Donal Duggan
Physio: Paul O'Halloran
Equipment Manager: Shane Martens