The Munster supporters began drifting into Montpellier yestreday sporting, in the main the Munster Red, bringing a message of support to their side ...
The Munster supporters began drifting into Montpellier yestreday sporting,in the main the Munster Red, bringing a message of support to their side none more defiant than that carried by a pair from LimerickKen Barrett and Charlie Carter wore red polo shirts with the messagge -'Bitten and Burnt but Not Beaten' emblazoned across their backs aong with the number three. Proud though they were of their design Carter was still bemoaning thefact that his pal Barrett had ignored the advice given " I told him Clawwore the number one jersey."Further down the street from where Barrett and Carter were disporting
themselves, there was a fairly battered motorbike (small) parked up with the76 LK registration number covered in dust.And outside Fitzpatricks bar Shannon legend Noel Healy was greeting passersby with his normal quota of wit and welcome. Noel had driven over accompaniedby Barnaby Ross, the pair left Ireland on Tuesday at 5.30 pm driving theMunster equipment van to arrive at the team hotel outside Montpellier yesterday (Thursday) at 2pm. "It was important to be here, for the boys to see the van (emblazoned in the Munster colours) when they arrived" explained Healy.No effort spared to help Munster on Saturday.
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.