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.
It will take the form of a 100 km sponsored walk in Adelaide, Surfers Paradise and Melbourne to coincide with Ireland's initial matches in the 2003 World Cup tournament.
All proceeds go to the IRFU Charitable Trust for Injured Players and enquiries should be made to Mick Quinn (tel: 01 - 4963515 or Eleanor Connolly (tel: 01 - 2834277).
Participants are required to raise a minimum of 5,750 euro and the package includes flights to and from Australia; four star accommodation; guaranteed entry to Ireland v Argentina and Australia, plus the quarter final; souvenir track suit, t- shirt and bag and a visit to the Melbourne Cup.
In 2001, the "Irish Lions Rugby Challenge" raised 215,000 euro for the IRFU Charitable Trust when 84 walkers participated in a memorable trip Down Under.
John Hussey, Chairman of the Charitable Trust Committee says, : "As with the Lions tour, the Irish World Cup 2003 Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to combine the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a World Cup Tournament in Australia and at the same time raise money by sponsorship means for injured players. I anticipate a very strong response to this project."