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.
To mark the return to action, we are going to kick off by giving away some international tickets. With effect immediately, and continuing over the next few weeks, we are running a series of competitions with passes on offer for the November internationals against Australia and Fiji. We'll start with a pair of tickets for the game against Australia (Nov 9th), followed by a pair for the Fiji game (Nov 17th) as a prize for a correct answer to this simple Rugby trivia question (in the event of a tie, winners to be randomly selected): http://www.irishrugby.ie/competitions/armchair.html
In addition, you'll be pleased to learn that we have exciting plans to introduce new features to the site. For example, at the suggestion of the messageboard subscribers, work is underway to introduce a forum that allows both management and players to field fascinating questions put to them by the community. We'll be looking at what's become of past rugby personalities, and we aim to maintain last seasons energy on the messageboard by facilitating vibrant discussions (for example, one brave member recently expressed the opinion that "...it's obvious that they (Munster) buckle under pressure... "). Click here to get involved in the current topics: http://www.irishrugby.ie/viewMessageThreads.jsp
IrishRugby.ie plan to continue to improve our news coverage, and subscribers are guaranteed to be the first to learn of breaking news events, squad announcements, as well as behind the scenes information and opinions.
Nevertheless, all our plans would come to nought without your input and support, so we look forward to your continued involvement. It is only with the support and feedback of the people that matter - the fans - that we can continue to offer the most comprehensive coverage of Irish Rugby!
Here's to an action-packed season!
In other news: Ireland Vs. Russia preparations underway. IRFU Operations Director Martin Murphy has just returned from a fact-finding mission in darkest Siberia, where World Cup hopefuls Ireland and Russia will clash in September. Martin tells IrishRugby.ie that "The President of the Rugby Union of Russia, Yuri Nicholoev, a former Soviet Union and Russian outhalf, said that he welcomed the opportunity to play against a major rugby nation such as Ireland". Read the full report here: http://www.irishrugby.ie/newspage/21064.html.
Ireland training squad for Poland. Munster and Leinster players make up the bulk of the 50 strong Ireland rugby squad that is currently away for a two week training camp in Spala, Poland. See the full squad here: http://www.irishrugby.ie/newspage/20679.html.
Ireland in 6th position in the Zurich World Rankings. The Zurich World Rankings placed Ireland in sixth place, after New Zealand, England, Australia South Africa and France. See the full rankings here: http://www.irishrugby.ie/newspage/19527.html
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