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.
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!