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.
Injury also rules out, Tyrone Howe, Eric Miller and Mike Prendergast. Bernard Jackman, Gary Longwell, Niall McMillan, Paul Shields, James Topping and Paddy Wallace were not considered for the Trial game because of their involvement in the AIB League Final the next day while Kieron Dawson, Paul Burke, Guy Easterby, Simon Easterby, Barry Everitt, Kevin Maggs and Geordon Murphy are all involved with their clubs in the English premiership.
David Humphreys will captain a Whites side which will be coached by Matt Williams and the Colours will be led by Anthony Foley and coached by his provincial boss, Alan Gaffney.
National Trial Match, Lansdowne Road, Friday next, May 9th (ko 6.30pm).
Whites. 15 - Girvan Dempsey 14 - Geordon Darcy 13 - John Kelly 12 - Jonathan Bell 11 - Anthony Horgan 10 - David Humphreys captain 9 - Peter Stringer 1 - Reggie Corrigan 2- Frank Sheahan 3 - Emmet Byrne 4 - Donnacha O'Callaghan 5 - Malcolm O'Kelly 6 - Aidan McCullen 7 - David Wallace 8 - Victor Costello. Replacements. 16 - James Blaney 17 - Justin Fitzpatrick 18 - Mick O'Driscoll 19 - John O'Connor 20 - Brian O' Riordan 21 - Jason Holland 22 - Ted Robinson
Colours 15 - Jeremy Staunton 14 - Shane Horgan 13 - David Quinlan 12 - Rob Henderson 11 - Dennis Hickie 10 - Ronan O'Gara 9 - Brian O'Meara 1 - Marcus Horan 2 - Shane Byrne 3 - John Hayes 4 - Leo Cullen 5 - Paul O'Connell 6 - Alan Quinlan 7 - Keith Gleeson 8 - Anthony Foley captain. Replacements. 16 - Gerry Flannery 17 - Simon Best 18 - Damien Browne 19 - Des Dillon 20 - Eoin Reddan 21 - Bryn Cunningham 22 - Mossy Lawlor.