Tony Spreadbury will take charge of Ireland's permanent tsb game against Fiji on Sunday, following an unfortunate accident suffered by original choice, Nigel Whitehouse.
Tony Spreadbury will take charge of Ireland's permanent tsb game against Fiji on Sunday, following an unfortunate accident suffered by original choice, Nigel Whitehouse (pictured).
Whitehouse slipped and fell on ice while in Russia and broke his left leg. A second official due to officiate in Lansdowne Road on Sunday, no 1 touch-judge Pablo Deluca, has opted to remain in Argentina and his place will be taken by Stuart Dickinson. On Saturday, Dickinson will be number 1 touch-judge in Twickenham for the England v Australia game with Donal Courtney running one line. Dave McHugh will be in Paris doing the line in the France v New Zealand game. Alan Lewis will be touch-judge in Edinburgh at the Scotland v South Africa clash and Alain Rolland will fulfill a similiar role in Cardiff during the Wales v Canada encounter.
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!
We caught up with Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs at the RBS 6 Nations media launch in London. 'Briggsy' is looking forward to the Championship and welcoming some new faces into the Ireland squad.