26/04/02.After an uneventful flight from Cork airport the Munster team arrived in France yesterday, their Excelair flight touching down in a sweltering Montpellier airport.
After an uneventful flight from Cork airport the Munster team arrived in France yesterday, their Excelair flight touching down in a sweltering Montpellier airport at 2:55 (local time)The players were given an idea of the conditions they might expect duringthe game on Sauturday with temperatures reaching ninety degrees farenheight.After a coach transfer to their hotel - Chateau Residence de Bionne - and
then a light meal the squad left for a training session at nearby Stade Sabathe, home to the Montpelier rugby team.By then the temperature had dropped somewhat and coach Declan KIdney put theside through their paces in a session that saw both Peter Clohessy and Paul O'Connell take a full part.The starting line up will be named later today in a joint press conference with Castres
Looking forward to Ireland's Pool D decider with France next Sunday, hooker Sean Cronin said: "There's a great buzz around the squad. These big games are what you look forward to when it comes to World Cup time."
The gym isn't just about lifting weights, and different players require different loads depending on the training programmes. Strength and conditioning coach John Kiely and Iain Henderson talk us through today's session at Celtic Manor.
Iain Henderson feels this is 'more than likely the best Ireland team ever to compete in a World Cup'. "If we get all our stuff right, our set piece, and get some good counter attack, I don't see any reason why we can't turn the French over," he said, speaking ahead of Sunday's Pool D decider.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt announces the team to play Italy in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday and gives an update on the fitness of Jared Payne and Rob Kearney. Jonathan Sexton also talks about playing with a new centre pairing.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney says Robbie Henshaw has trained fully this week and is available for selection for the Italy game. Meanwhile, the injuries sustained by Rob Kearney (glute strain) and Jared Payne (bruised foot) are being monitored.
Plyometrics, movement speed work, jump work and some heavy loaded lifting - all in a day's work for the Ireland squad as they hit the gym at Surrey Sports Park today. Strength and conditioning coach Jason Cowman and Ireland centre Darren Cave talk us through the session.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney talks about the incredible atmosphere created by the Ireland fans for the Canada game and looks forward to a similar backing for Joe Schmidt's men against Romania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.