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.
Tue. Sept. 16th: Squad returns home from Spain.
Tue. Sept. 9th: Squad departs for Bilbao, Spain for warm-weather training camp. John Hayes, John Kelly, Shane Horgan remain in ireland to continue their rehab.
The Ireland Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad. Forwards (17) Simon Best (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins) Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College) Reggie Corrigan (Leinster/ Greystones) Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College) Simon Easterby (Llanelli) Anthony Foley(Munster/Shannon) Keith Gleeson (Leinster/St.Mary's College) John Hayes (Munster/Shannon) Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon) Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena) Eric Miller (Leinster/Terenure College) Donncha O'Callaghan(Munster/Cork Constitution) Paul O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster) Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary's College) Frank Sheahan (Munster/Cork Constitution) Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon) Keith Wood (Munster/Garryowen).
Backs (13) Jonathon Bell (Ulster/Dungannon) Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College) Neil Doak (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins) Guy Easterby (Rotherham) Denis Hickie (Leinster/St. Mary's College) Anthony Horgan (Munster/Cork Constitution) Shane Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne) David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon) John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution) Kevin Maggs (Bath) Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College) Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution) Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon).
RWC Shadow Squad. Justin Bishop (London Irish) Paul Burke (Harlequins) Emmet Byrne (Leinster/St. Mary's College) Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College) Gordon Darcy (Leinster/Lansdowne) Kieron Dawson (London Irish), Justin Fitzpatrick (Castres) Tyrone Howe (Ulster/Dungannon), Mike Mullins (Munster/Old Crescent) Brian O'Meara (Leinster/Cork Constitution) David Quinlan (Leinster/Blackrock College) Paul Shields (Ulster/Ballymena) David Wallace (Munster/Garryowen) Paddy Wallace (Ulster/Ballymena).
Ireland Management: Manager - Brian O'Brien. Coach - Eddie O'Sullivan Assistant Coach - Declan Kidney Forwards Coach - Niall O'Donovan. Defence Coach - Mike Ford Scrummage Coach - Tony Darcy Kicking Coach - Mark Tainton Doctor - Gary O' Driscoll Physiotherapist - Ailbe McCormack Fitness Coach - Mike McGurn Bio-Mechanist - Emilie Foster Masseur - Shaun Gilmore Video Analysist - Mervyn Murphy Baggage Master - Patrick O'Reilly Squad Administrator - Gerard Carmody Media Liaison Officer - John Redmond.