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.
The team and replacements will be announced on Tuesday next at the Banqueting Centre, City West Hotel at approx 12.45 pm when Management and players will be available for interview.
The squad will take part in an Open training session on Tuesday next, August 12 at Cill Dara rugby club, Kildare from 11 pm to 12 noon. (* Directions to Cill Dara rugby club - southbound M 7 to Kildare Town, take right hand turn at Silken Thomas Public House (before main junction lights) and then hard right turn at Chemist shop; onwards to V and take left, proceeding 500 yards to junction and take left - Cill Dara club three-quarters mile on right.)
On Friday next, August 15, at 12 noon; Ireland team coach and captain will hold Conference at Lansdowne Road (entrance via Lansdowne Lane).
The 22 man squad from which the team to play Wales in the permanent tsb international at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, August 16 will be chosen, is:
Simon Best (Ulster - Belfast Harlequins), Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster - Greystones), Victor Costello (Leinster - St. Mary's College), Justin Fitzpatrick (Castres), Anthony Foley (Munster - Shannon), Keith Gleeson (Leinster - St. Mary's College), Donnacha O'Callaghan (Munster - Cork Constitution), Paul O'Connell (Munster - Young Munsters), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster - St. Mary's College), David Wallace (Munster - Garryowen), Keith Wood.
Paul Burke (Harlequins), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Anthony Horgan (Munster - Cork Constitution), Shane Horgan (Leinster - Lansdowne), David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - Blackrock College), Peter Stringer (Munster - Shannon).
Not considered because of injury: Emmet Byrne (Leinster - St. Mary's College), Neil Doak (Ulster - Belfast Harlequins), John Hayes (Munster - Shannon), Marcus Horan (Munster - Shannon), Ronan O'Gara (Munster - Cork Constitution), James Topping (Ulster - Ballymena).
Additional players to attend training: Jonathan Bell (Ulster - Dungannon), Martin Cahill (Munster - Buccaneers), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Rob Henderson (Munster - Garryowen), Tyrone Howe (Ulster - Dungannon), John Kelly (Munster - Cork Constitution), Gary Longwell (Ulster - Ballymena), Eric Miller (Leinster - Terenure College).