27/08/2002. Ireland coach, Eddie O'Sullivan is expected to name a twenty two man squad for the international against Romania (Sat. Sept. 7th., Thomond Park) later today.
The Ireland squad for the opening game against Romania (Thomond Park, 7th September. ko 1.30pm) will probably see a return from injury of the likes of Denis Hickie, Kevin Maggs and Rob Henderson, three players who missed Ireland's summer tour to New Zealand. Manager Brian O'Brien said that they would be looking to pick the "strongest possible squad for the Romanian game which is a Test game in preparation for the RWC qualifier against Romania. Right now, the Russia game is the most important game of the season and in that context this game against Romania is hugely important."
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt announces the team to play Italy in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday and gives an update on the fitness of Jared Payne and Rob Kearney. Jonathan Sexton also talks about playing with a new centre pairing.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney says Robbie Henshaw has trained fully this week and is available for selection for the Italy game. Meanwhile, the injuries sustained by Rob Kearney (glute strain) and Jared Payne (bruised foot) are being monitored.
Plyometrics, movement speed work, jump work and some heavy loaded lifting - all in a day's work for the Ireland squad as they hit the gym at Surrey Sports Park today. Strength and conditioning coach Jason Cowman and Ireland centre Darren Cave talk us through the session.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney talks about the incredible atmosphere created by the Ireland fans for the Canada game and looks forward to a similar backing for Joe Schmidt's men against Romania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Ireland were officially welcomed to the Rugby World Cup at a ceremony in Burton Town Hall. Captain Paul O'Connell thanked the hosts and even gave an insight into what the players get up to in their spare time!
Take a look behind the scenes at the Ireland team hotel and on the streets of Cardiff as Ireland's supporters turned the Welsh capital green in the build-up to the team's 50-7 Rugby World Cup pool win over Canada.