01/05/02.Munster No 8 Anthony Foley faces a race against time in his effort to be fit for Munster's Heineken Cup final clash with Leicester in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on May 25th
Foley injured a shoulder AC joint in the semi-final clash with Castres and believes it will take up to three weeks at least to heal. That means he will miss the Interprovincial clash with Ulster on May 10th and although coach Declan Kidney refuses to rule the Shannon player out of the Cardiff game at this stage, the chances of him making the final starting line up are slim.The positive news is that Ronan O'Gara continues to make a good recovery from the knee gash that required 13 stitches while Jim Williams also continues to make good progress in his recovery from a damaged calf tear. Neither player will obviously be involved in this weekend's AIB League final but would be targetting the Ulster game on May 10th as a possible return match.
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.
Ireland were officially welcomed to the Rugby World Cup at a ceremony in Burton Town Hall. Captain Paul O'Connell thanked the hosts and even gave an insight into what the players get up to in their spare time!