18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
For a second year running Irish rugby fans will have reason to celebrate Monday night as 'Against the Head', RTE's weekly rugby magazine programme, returns to our screens.
Sponsored exclusively by AIB, and presented by well-known rugby commentator, Ryle Nugent, 'Against the Head' will start its 13-week schedule on Monday 12th January on Network 2 at 7.30pm.
'Against the Head' will feature a 30-minute round up of the latest action, news and analysis from the AIB League, Heineken Cup and the Six Nations Championship. A panel consisting of former rugby players, such as Ciaran Fitzgerald and Brent Pope, will contribute to the programme on a weekly basis, as will well-known rugby journalists, Brendan Fanning and Peter O'Reilly who will bring the latest news and views to the rugby supporting public.
In addition, interviews and profiles of top players, coaches and referees will feature prominently. The programme will also include an exciting mix of local club features and news from the AIB League and schools rugby.
Speaking about the programme, Mr Jim Kelly, AIB Sponsorship Manager, said, " With the current high profile of rugby following the World Cup, I believe that rugby supporters will welcome 'Against the Head', even more so than it's inaugural series screened last year. Rugby is continuing to grow in popularity across the length and breadth of the country, this programme will provide rugby supporters with all the action, right up from the grass roots of the AIB League up to the international squad as it prepares for the 2004 Six Nations. AIB's sponsorship of 'Against the Head' is further evidence of our commitment to rugby, which has been demonstrated by continued support of Irish club rugby."