24/09/2002. There were no changes for next Saturday's Rugby World Cup qualifier against Georgia when Brian O'Brien announced the side today at Greystones RFC.
There were no changes for next Saturday's Rugby World Cup qualifier against Georgia when Brian O'Brien announced the side today at Greystones RFC.
Captain Keith Wood and out-half Ronan O'Gara took no part in training this morning, Wood because of a slight back problem and O'Gara with an injury to his knee, but neither was considered in any doubt for Saturday's game. Ireland. Girvan Dempsey; John Kelly, Brian O'Driscoll, Kevin Maggs, Denis Hickie; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Reggie Corrigan, Keith Wood (Capt.), John Hayes; Gary Longwell, Malcolm O'Kelly, Simon Easterby, Keith Gleeson, Anthony Foley.Replacements: Shane Byrne, Paul Wallace, Leo Cullen, Alan Quinlan, Guy Easterby, David Humphreys, Rob Henderson.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.
Experienced prop Andrew Porter speaks about the Ireland Under-20s' preparations for the World Rugby U-20 Championship and their opening pool encounter with Wales in Manchester later today (kick-off 5.30pm, live on TG4/Sky Sports 1).