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
Ireland captain Rory Best and forwards coach Simon Easterby spoke to the media at the Captain's Run press conference in Paris earlier today, ahead of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday.
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!