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 field, despite the torrents of rain, seems to be in good condition. W look forward to an exciting contest here in Dublin.
Today's Irish team mascot is Nicholas McCarthy from Naas, Co. Kildare. Nicholas is nearly ten years old and is a winger with Naas rugby Club. Denis Hickie and Brian O' Driscoll are the players that Nicholas looks up to. He wishes the boys the best of luck today.