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 following is an Irish Under-21 squad from which two teams to play two French Under-21 teams will be selected on Friday 8th of November. Both matches will take place at Marcoussis, National Rugby Center, which is located 30kms south of Paris. The games will kick-off at 1pm and 2:30pm respectively, on Saturday November 9th 2002.
Under 21 Squad.
Conor O'Loughlin, Connacht/Buccanneers. John Muldoon, Connacht /Galwegians. David Kelly, Connacht/Buccanneers> Wesley Maxwell, Connacht/Garryowen. David McAllister, Leinster/Terenure. Ken Kennedy, Leinster/UCD. John Quigley, Leinster/Trinity. Gareth Hayes, Leinster/UCD. Niall Ronan, Leinster/Lansdowne. Kevin Croke, Leinster/UCD. Simon Crawford, Leinster/UCD. David Gannon, Leinster/UCD. Kevin Corrigan, Leinster/UCD. John Lyne, Leinster/Lansdowne. Peter O'Brien, Munster/UCC. Richard Lane, Munster/UCC. Barry Murphy, Munster/UL Bohs. Keith Matthews, Munster/ UL Bohs. Colin Murphy, Munster/Sundays Well. Barry Keeshan, Munster/Presentation Boys College. Fiach O'Loughlin, Munster/Shannon. Frank Cogan, Munster/Cork Constitution. Eoin Nihill, Munster/Garryowen. Stephen Keogh, Munster/UCC. Ryan Hartigan, Munster/UL Bohs. Shane O'Connor, Munster/Cork Constitution. Jody Danagher, Munster/UL Bohs. Denis Fogarty, Munster/Garryowen. Eugene McGovern, Munster/Old Crescent. Tommy Bowe, Ulster/Queen's University. Neil Patterson, Ulster/Coleraine. Ian Humphreys, Ulster/ Ballymena. Michael Rainey, Ulster/Glasgow Hawks. Michael McComish, Ulster/Ballymena. Paul Minnis, Ulster/Belfast Harlequins. Declan Fitzpatrick, Ulster/Belfast Harlequins. Rory Best, Ulster/Belfast Harlequins. Nicholas McClelland, Exiles/London Irish. Partick O'Gorman, Exiles/Saracens. Robbie Shaw, Exiles/London Wasps