19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
The League have released heartening attendance figures across the board in 2004/05, with an overall increase of '9%' tallied up on a 'like-by-like' basis with last season.
After 20 rounds of Celtic League action, over 424,000 spectators have watched the 100 staged matches so far - as equivalent to 389,000 for last year.
In Ireland, there has been an overall increase of 8% in League attendances, with the burgeoning popularity of rugby across the Irish sea in Wales, boosting gates there by a full 18%.
The highest 2004/05 Celtic League attendances for the four provinces were as follows:
Connacht: L0-3 v Munster (4,500), The Sportground (December 27, 2004)
Leinster: W17-15 v Munster (6,500), Donnybrook (September 18, 2004)
Munster: W19-13 V Scarlets (9,000), Thomond Park (October 3, 2004)
Ulster: L21-28 v Dragons (8,145), Ravenhill (October 8, 2004)