Our congratulations go to Stuart Philpott (the Saracens hooker), who has been selected for the Ireland U21 squad....
Our congratulations go to Stuart Philpott (the Saracens hooker), who has been selected for the Ireland U21 squad, which will play in the World Cup in Argentina next month. Stuart featured in the Six Nations in the past season, starting against both Scotland and England. Stuart is a former England U18 international and has the advantage of being an U20; hence, he will be available again for Ireland U21s next season.
Our commiserations go to the following two players:
Brett McNamee (the Northampton Saints blind-side flanker) picked up a knee injury at the end of the season, which has ruled him out. Brett was ever-present throughout the Six Nations, captaining Ireland U21s v. England. Some consolation for Brett is that he has been given a full-time first team contract by the Saints for the coming season.Dan Smith (the Bath lock and former Ireland U19 international) recently suffered a serious illness, which has ruled him out. He is currently slowly recovering and we wish him well in that. Dan now moves into his second season of a full-time first team contract at Bath and we trust that future Ireland honours will come his way, to compensate for the above.
Irish Rugby TV brings you a behind-the-scenes look at the Ireland v Wales GUINNESS Summer Series game at the Aviva Stadium. Paul O'Connell, who was playing his last ever home international, took to the pitch with his son Paddy after the 16-10 defeat.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt names the team to play Wales in the GUINNESS Summer Series and answers questions on the selection, while scrum half Conor Murray talks about 'feeling fresh' ahead of his return to the side.
Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss updates the media on the progress of Andrew Trimble and Cian Healy, and says captain Paul O'Connell deserves 'a good send-off' in his final home international this weekend.
12 countries, 2 days, 7s heaven. The team captains were at the iconic Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin today to promote the Women's Sevens Dublin tournament in UCD this weekend. Check out www.irishrugby.ie/womens7sdublin for full details.
Ireland Women's internationals Nora Stapleton and Niamh Briggs talk to Irish Rugby TV about the IRFU's new Long Term Player Development Model for Women's rugby. For more on Women's LTPD, please visit www.irishrugby.ie/womensltpd.
The launch of the IRFU Long Term Player Development programme for Women's rugby is an important milestone in the game. Michael McGeehin of Coaching Ireland and Louis Magee, former IRFU President, speak about the programme.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt announces the team to play Scotland in the GUINNESS Summer Series. He also answers questions about the selection and Chris Henry speaks about the players 'stepping up' and causing some headaches for the coaches.
Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy gives an update on the current shape of the squad ahead of the Scotland game, while Jared Payne talks about putting his best foot forward in the battle for centre spots.