Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds. The 31-year-old played 98 times for Ulster and made seven Test appearances for Ireland, three of which were against the All Blacks. He also represented the Ireland Wolfhounds on nine occasions.
Ireland will face an interesting kind of pressure when they take on the Barbarians next month says Donncha O'Callaghan. The Munster and Ireland lock played against the famous invitational side when Ireland were beaten 29-23 at Thomond Park five years ago - then helped the Barbarians beat a young England team 39-29 last summer.
The World famous Barbarians are celebrating their 125th Anniversary this week. As a special birthday treat to rugby supporters in Ireland, the Club are offering a unique 48 hour 2 for 1 adult ticket offer for the upcoming Ireland v Barbarians match at Thomond Park - 28th May, 19.45 K.O.