With Keith Wood planning to make his comeback this weekend for his club Harlequins in their Premiership game against Sale Sharks, there is a real possibility of him making the Ireland v Italy game.
Ireland manager Brian O'Brien believes Wood will play at least a part, or hopefully a full game on Saturday."He is down to play," said O'Brien yesterday at the squad session in Ravenhil, "How long he plays for is up to Harlequins and Keith himself. He would not play if he didn't feel he was right.
Coach Eddie O'Sullivan said: "At this point in time he plans to play, but for how long we are not sure. If he played a full game it would help a lot. His calf problem is pretty serious and has dragged on for a while now. So he has to be careful that he doesn't damage it again. Hopefully everything will go ok for him."
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.
Experienced prop Andrew Porter speaks about the Ireland Under-20s' preparations for the World Rugby U-20 Championship and their opening pool encounter with Wales in Manchester later today (kick-off 5.30pm, live on TG4/Sky Sports 1).