From 24th to 26th September, the annual Exiles U18 pilgrimage' to Ireland takes place. Click more for details.
From 24th to 26th September, the annual Exiles U18 pilgrimage' to Ireland takes place: this year to the West. On Friday 24th, we play Connacht at the Galway Corinthians ground, kick-off 7.30 p.m. On Sunday 26th, we play Munster, in Limerick, at Thomond Park, kick-off 12.30 p.m.
A few of last season's squad are still eligible but we were also blessed with a best ever' emergence of talent from the Screening Camp; hence, the tour is eagerly awaited by all concerned. The diversity of the squad is such that we have players from as far apart as Bath, Harrogate, and Liverpool, not to mention the usual complement from London and the South-East of England.
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.