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."
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).