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.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
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Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.