13/06/02. Matt McCullough will lead the Irish U21 side in their opening pool game (v Australia) in the World Championship in the Wits University Stadium, Johannesburg tomorrow (3pm)
Ireland. Gavin Duffy (Galwegians); Martin McPhail (UL Bohemians), Greg Mitchell (Ballymena), Conard O'Sullivan (UCC), Scott Young (Ballymena); Eoghan Hickey (UCD), Brian O'Riordan (UCD); John Lyne (Lansdowne), Kevin Corrigan (UCD), Bryan Young (Ballymena); Stephen Keogh (UCC), Matthew McCullough capt (Ballymena); Shane Jennings (St. Mary's College), Neil McMillan (Ballymena), Roger Wilson (DU).
Replacements: Rory Best (Newcastle), Sean Philips
(Saracens), Cathal Murphy (Clontarf), Tim Baker (Dungannon), Conor Hartigan (Shannon), Frank Murphy (UCC), Conor McPhilips (St. Mary's College).
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.
Joe Schmidt has named five uncapped players in the Ireland squad - Ultan Dillane, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Stuart McCloskey and Finlay Bealham. We spoke to them on their first day in Ireland camp.
Ireland's U-18 School and U-18 Club players were part of a three day camp over the Christmas period and received specialist training and advice workshops as they continue their development path. We spoke to Team Manager John McKinney, Caoches Noel McNamara and Mark Butler and IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee about the structure of the three days and the season ahead for the players.
In an in-depth interview IRFU Performance Director speaks about Ireland's Rugby World Cup review and the key learnings, the structure of the professional game, player contracts and movement and the challenges and opportunities for Irish Rugby.