14/03/02.The Ireland squad, from which the side to play Italy will be selected, will be named later today following the four day get-together in Belfast
At this stage, Rob Henderson (pictured) and Kevin Maggs appear to be the only two out of contention. Henderson is suffering from a groin strain he picked up in the game against England. But there was good news, with Keith Gleeson (groin) and David Humphreys (ankle) both taking a full part while Alan Quinlan (calf) and Tyrone Howe (thigh) looking in better shape although they sat out the morning session.
Meanwhile, Italian coach Brad Johnstone has announced a near full-strength squad of 24 for the visit to Dublin with Diego Dominguez, Dennis Dallan and Paulo Vaccari all returning from injury.
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.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
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.