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.
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).