All the Senior rugby results and scorers from the weekend just past
Celtic League:Llanelli Scarlets 37 (Tries: Selley, Watkins, A. Thomas, Taylor, Evans. Cons: I. Thomas 2, Evans. Pens: I. Thomas, Evans) Edinburgh 16 (Tries: Southwell. Cons: Paterson. Pens: Paterson 3) Ulster 24 (Tries: Cunningham, Maggs, Feather. Cons: Humphreys 3. Pens:Humphreys) Neath-Swansea Ospreys 37 (Tries: S. Williams, Bishop, Tiueti, Parker. Cons: Henson 4. Pens: Henson 2. Drop Goals: Henson) Leinster Senior Cup:Section A:Blackrock College 17 (A. Pinto 2 tries, R. McCormick try, C. Kilroy con) Bective Rangers 20 (K. Becker 2 tries, F. Campion 2 pens, 2 cons). Suttonians 16 (D.Walsh try, J. O'Neill 3 pens, con) Greystones 15 (D. McKechnie try, pen, con, C. O'Sullivan try) Section B:Wanderers 0St. Mary's College 71 (G. Crawford, R. Murphy 2 tries each, B. Lynn try, 8 cons, J.Sexton, S. Gibney, D. Clare, G. Logan, B. O'Donoghue, D. Hughes try each) Section C:Barnhall 22 (R. Vamiso, E. Burke, G. Browne, try each, R. Gregg pen, 2 cons) Seapoint 15 (B. Keegan 4 pens, C. Dundon dr. goal) Section D:Monkstown 27 Tabbert, I. Bloomer, M. Knofflock, E. Murphy try each; D. Kilbride pen, 2 cons) Naas 26 (K. O'Toole, M. Farragher, B. Fitzgerald, D. O'Meara try each; D. Lenihan 3 cons) Terenure College 66 (M. Sheridan, S. King, K. Mahony 2 tries each; R. Governey try, 8 cons; K. Coleman, D. Cazabon, A. Dunlop try each) Skerries 0UCD 14 (N. Coughlan, R. McCarron try each; M. Hastings 2 cons) Lansdowne 29 (A. Tallon try, pen, 3 cons; R. McCarthy, M.Nathan, M. Quinn try each) Munster Senior League:Garryowen 35 (P. Humphreys 2 tries, T. Lyons, D. Heaton, R. Henderson try each, G. Hurley con, M. Prendergast 2 pens, con) Clonakilty 8 (N. O'Sullivan try, G. Gribb pen)
Shannon 51 (J. Lacey, I. Dowling 2 tries each, J. Blaney, G. Murray try each, T. Cregan try, 2 pens, 5 cons) Young Munster 3 (E. Buckley pen) UL Bohemians 32 (B. O'Connell, A. Hartigan try each, G. Garvey 2 tries, B. Martin try, pen, 2 cons) Sunday's Well 11 (A. Finn try, J. Lynch 2 pens) Cork Constitution 28 (D. O'Brien 2 tries, J. Kelly try, B. Keeshan con, P. McCarthy 3 pens, con) Waterpark 6 (J. Lillis 2 pens) Dolphin 16 (B. Sheahan, T. O'Leary try each, J. O'Mahoney 2 pens) Highfield 19 (T. Curran, D. Buckley-Barry try each, C. Quaid try, 2 cons) Midleton 12 (E. Ronan 3 pens, J. Hitchmough pen) Bruff 15 (A. Bourke, R. Moore try each, M. Lynch pen, con) Ulster Senior League:Ards 29 (K. Heaslip 2 tries, A. Park, H. Jones try each, A. Derwin pen, 3 cons) Dungannon 26 (P. Magee 2 tries, R. Stafford, A. Fitzpatrick try each, G. Hogg 3 cons) Ballymena 67 (O. Edwards 3 tries, A. Trimble 2 tries, D. O'Hara. D. Kane, J. Kelly, S. Young, R. Kernaghan try each, A. Larkin try, 6 cons) City of Derry 10 (G. McCarter try, pen, con) Ballynahinch 17 (M. McCormack, D. Harris try each, J. Callaghan pen, 2 cons) Harlequins 47 (G. Brown, I. Humphreys 2 tries each, J. Lowe, J. Poole, R. Spee try each, M. Sweetman 6 cons) Portadown 8 (M. Stevens try, B. Gribben pen) Malone 21 (O. Becker, J. Amos try each, G. Fry 3 pens, con) Queens 17 (M. Rainey, J. Reaney, R. Hall try each, J. Nicholl con) Instonians 25 (M. Hill 2 tries, A. McKinley try, S. Flynn 2 pens, 2 cons) Connacht Senior League:Ballina 14 (I. Thornton, S. Phillips try each, D. Newman 2 cons) Galwegians 41 (H. Bourke 3 tries, B. O'Sullivantry, 2 cons, A. Conboy, R. Hogan, J. Burke try each, J. Littleton con) Connemara 17 (M. Foyle try, dr. goal, G. Conroy 3 pens) Buccaneers 16 (P. O'Sullivan try, J. Meagher 2 pens, con, C. Glynn pen)
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt reveals the team to play France and talks about the tightest selection calls, while hooker Rory Best says his Ulster colleague Iain Henderson will be ready to make a big impact off the bench.
Five Irish sporting legends - Sonia O'Sullivan, Tony McCoy, Barry McGuigan, Henry Shefflin and Niall Quinn - visited Ireland camp on Wednesday evening for a memorable get-together with the squad. Ireland team manager Michael Kearney fills us in.
Speaking ahead of Ireland's crunch clash with France, scrum half Eoin Reddan said: "Everyone trained very hard today. Obviously we've a huge game at the weekend. We're all in no doubt about how much it means to people back home, and how much it means to us here."
Ireland prop Mike Ross talks about the preparations for Sunday's showdown with France. He also noted there is very little between the two teams at present, mentioning Ireland's 2014 and 2015 wins but also the fact that France have 'a much better World Cup record than we do.'
Looking forward to Ireland's Pool D decider with France next Sunday, hooker Sean Cronin said: "There's a great buzz around the squad. These big games are what you look forward to when it comes to World Cup time."
The gym isn't just about lifting weights, and different players require different loads depending on the training programmes. Strength and conditioning coach John Kiely and Iain Henderson talk us through today's session at Celtic Manor.
Iain Henderson feels this is 'more than likely the best Ireland team ever to compete in a World Cup'. "If we get all our stuff right, our set piece, and get some good counter attack, I don't see any reason why we can't turn the French over," he said, speaking ahead of Sunday's Pool D decider.
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.