Connacht prop Jamie Hagan has extended his contract at the Sportsground after an impressive first season with Michael Bradley's men.
Jamie Hagan, a former Ireland Youths, Under-18 and Under-20 international, said he is delighted with the way things have worked out for him since moving to Galway.
"It has been great and I'm looking forward to another season," said Hagan, who featured in the Ireland U-20 squad, coached by Eric Elwood and Dan McFarland, that won the Grand Slam back in 2007.
Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly said that in a week when hooker Sean Cronin is included in the Ireland squad to play England at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations, it is very encouraging to see young players prosper after moving to Connacht.
"Jamie is having a great season and has been a big addition to our squad on and off the field and it is great that he is committing to Connacht for another season," said Kelly.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has joined a host of political, sporting and broadcasting legends to send a message of support to the Irish Women's Rugby Squad ahead of the forthcoming Women's Rugby World Cup, which begins in Paris on 1st August. Good luck messages from Eamon Dunphy, John Giles, Liam Brady, Olympians Ronnie Delaney, John Tracey, Rob Heffernan and Derval O'Rourke, the Dublin Women's GAA team, Northern Ireland Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure Carál ní Chuilín, Tánaiste Joan Burton, broadcasters, Irish senior men's team players, domestic grassroots rugby teams and schoolgirl rugby players.
Speaking after the IRFU's Annual Council meeting, Chief Executive Philip Browne highlighted the importance of ticket revenue to the Union and also their sustained investments in the professional and domestic games.
Listen to post-match reaction from captains Anton Lienert-Brown and Peadar Timmins following the Ireland Under-20s' 45-23 loss to New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship 3rd/4th place play-off at Eden Park.
Earlier this week the Ireland squad and management were guests at a reception in Buenos Aires hosted by James McIntyre, the Irish Ambassador to Argentina. We spoke to team manager Michael Kearney and IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald on the night.
Looking forward to the second Test against Argentina, Iain Henderson said: "We need to get our breakdown right and make sure we get a good return from our set piece. If we do that, the backs will look after the rest for us."
Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock was 'really pleased' with the performance of his players as they claimed a 38-0 bonus point win over Fiji to advance to the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals as Pool B winners.