The Ireland Squad have assembled in Limerick ahead of next Saturday's clash with Italy with coach Eddie O'Sullivan intending to name his starting line up later today (Tuesday)
The Ireland Squad have assembled in Limerick ahead of next Saturday's clash with Italy with coach Eddie O'Sullivan intending to name his starting line up later today (Tuesday). <> Forwards (12): Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College), Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College), Kieron Dawson (London Irish), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Justin Fitzpatrick (Castres), John Hayes (Munster/Shannon), Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon), Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), Eric Miller (Leinster/Terenure College), Donnacha O'Callaghan (Munster/Cork Constitution), Paul Shields (Ulster/allymena).
Jonathan Bell (Ulster/Dungannon), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Denis Hickie (Leinster/St.Mary's College), Rob Henderson (Munster/ Garryowen), John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College), Brian O'Meara (Leinster/Cork Constitution), David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon).
Ireland captain Rory Best and forwards coach Simon Easterby spoke to the media at the Captain's Run press conference in Paris earlier today, ahead of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday.
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!