Senior Wallaby Matt Burke says he hasn'tgiven up on his international rugby career after being overlooked for theWallabies training squad on Thursday. National coach Eddie Jones said it was far from a death-knell forplayers left out of a 22-man squad of New South Wales and Queensland playersselected for a skills session here next week. The 76-Test veteran was the most notable omission with former Testcentres Steve Kefu and Nathan Grey also overlooked for the preliminary squad. Burke, 31, who had a mixed Super 12 season with theunder-achieving NSW Waratahs, said he felt his form warranted selection. "It's disheartening not to be chosen in the squad, knowingwhom they've picked ... you want to put yourself in contention to be picked andshow some form and I thought I was accomplishing that but it's contrary to whatother people thought," Burke said on Thursday. "The shoulder injury wasn't the greatest timing but when Igot a chance to play I thought I was playing reasonably well." Burke and Waratahs teammate Grey will leave on Monday to play forthe Barbarians against Scotland, Wales and England later this month. The Barbarians, coached by former Wallabies and NSW coach BobDwyer, play Scotland at Murrayfield on May 22, Wales at Bristol on May 26 andEngland at Twickenham on May 30. Burke, Australia's most capped fullback, is contracted to theAustralian Rugby Union until the end of the year, but he is now under pressureto have it renewed for 2005 if an option is not taken up by the ARU and NSW
Rugby. "Like everyone playing in the Super 12 I still aspire to playfor my country," Burke said. "I'm waiting for them to come back to me in terms of whetherthey want me, if I'm in NSW's plans for next year. "I think there's still life in the legs and I have somethingto offer. "If that's not the case I suppose I'll have to canvass stuffoverseas." Jones said the Wallabies squad, to be announced on May 25, was farfrom cut and dried and pointed to Burke's early omission from the Test lineuplast year. "Burkie was also not in the squad at the start of last yearand ended up playing the first Test of the Tri-nations against South Africa so anyplayer who's outside the squad there's still very much the ability for themto get into back into it," Jones said on Thursday. "This is just a squad for one day of training and thendepending on what happens with the Brumbies, we'll will name another squad and then itcontinues onwards, it's just one selection." Australia train-on squad (minus ACT players still in Super 12): AlBaxter, Brendan Cannon, Matt Dunning, Justin Harrison, David Lyons, MorganTurinui, Lote Tuqiri, Cameron Shepherd, Dan Vickerman, Phil Waugh, ChrisWhitaker (New South Wales); Sean Hardman, Nathan Sharpe, John Roe, David Croft,Luke Doherty, Josh Valentine, Elton Flately, Wendell Sailor, Peter Hynes,Drew Mitchell, Chris Latham (Queensland).
Conor Murray and Tommy Bowe speak to Irish Rugby TV about their Rugby World Cup preparations and thank the thousands of supporters who came out to see the players at the open training session at the Sportsground.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell gives his verdict on the team's new Rugby World Cup jersey and talks about his move to French club Toulon. Ireland's RWC 2015 range is available to pre-order now from http://shop.irishrugby.ie.
Anthony Eddy, IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens, talks about the target of a top three finish for both the Ireland Men and Women in Lisbon this weekend, as they continue on their quests for Olympic qualification.
Tom Daly, who recently captained the Ireland Men's Sevens team to the European Division C and B titles, is looking forward to playing in this weekend's Rugby Europe Olympic Repechage tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ireland will host the 'Women's Sevens Dublin' at UCD on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Tournament director Garrett Tubridy and Ireland stars Lucy Mulhall, Jenny Murphy and Louise Galvin speak about their excitement ahead of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series qualifier.
Coach Allen Clarke and stand-in captain Billy Holland answer questions from the media following Emerging Ireland's 45-12 victory over Georgia in the final round of their successful Tbilisi Cup campaign.
Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke speaks about his side's five-try 33-7 win over Uruguay in the Tbilisi Cup and the first half injury to captain Rhys Ruddock. They wrap up the tournament against hosts Georgia on Sunday.
Speaking about the floods that occurred following the Tbilisi Cup's first round, Emerging Ireland team manager Joey Miles said: "A natural event like that, a tragedy like that puts the game of rugby into perspective. We express our regrets to the Georgian people and the Georgian Union for the terrible tragedy that they had."
Leinster and Ireland prop Martin Moore gives his support to the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patron Scheme, and Mick Quinn explains the benefits for companies getting involved. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: email@example.com / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
David O'Reilly from the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patrons Committee speaks about the new scheme which provides businesses with unique networking opportunities and provides a platform for companies to effectively activate their CSR programmes. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
We spoke to Leinster and Ireland winger Dave Kearney after the Captain's Run at Thomond Park as he prepares to take on some familiar faces and some well-capped stars when the Ireland XV play the Barbarians.
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland XV starting team to play the Barbarians. We caught up with the young prop at Thomond Park as he prepares to pull on the green jersey.
Jamie Heaslip will captain the Ireland XV against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star-studded visitors and the battle he is relishing with his Leinster colleague Shane Jennings, who captains the Baa Baas.