12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The meetings, which are open to the public, are scheduled to take place over a 2 week period beginning on the 24th of September and ending with the Connacht meeting in Galway on October 8th.
The meetings are part of the consultative process launched by the IRFU in July. It is the first time such meetings have been held by any Irish governing sports body and the consultative process itself is a first in world rugby.
The IRFU is encouraging the rugby public to engage with the process by first reading the consultative document (available from the IRFU and the branches and on the internet from www.irishrugby.ie; then making a written submission either individually or through a rugby club and finally to attend one of the public meetings. Tickets for the meetings are available from the four provincial branches. A maximum of 400 people will be able to attend each meeting.
Ulster - Wednesday 24th September in the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast at 6:30pm.
Munster/Cork - Monday 29th September at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork at 6:30pm. Munster/Limerick - Tuesday 30th September at the South Court Hotel, Limerick at 6:30pm.
Leinster - Tuesday 7th October at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin at 6:30pm.
Connacht - Wednesday 8th October at the Radisson Hotel, Galway at 6:30pm.
Club and school representatives, branch officials, IRUPA members and officials and IRFU officials will be joined by members of the rugby public at each meeting. There are two meetings in Munster to accomodate the two primary rugby centres in the province.
The purpose of the meetings are to give the stakeholders and general rugby public the opportunity to discuss the areas they feel are of greatest importance to the future of Irish Rugby, and give the S.P.G. valued feedback on the consultative document. In so doing the meeting will address all of the key action areas identified in the Consultative Document. These are: The domestic game. The professional game. Facilities. Commercial & Marketing Development of Irish Rugby. Finance. Governance, leadership and operations.
Meeting Format. The total meeting time will be in the region of two and a half hours. The S.P.G. will start the meeting with a presentation which will last approximately 20 minutes. This will be followed by feedback sessions facilitated by Genesis Strategic Management Consultants. The feedback sessions will be split into four parts. In the first session the attendees will discuss the vision for Irish Rugby as laid out in the document namely, Irish Rugby excelling in Irish Sport and in World Rugby. Attendees will then be afforded the opportunity to address some of the action areas outlined in the document in two sessions before a general session to summarise the main points wraps the meeting up at around 9 o'clock.