Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has likened the World Rugby Under-20 Championship to 'a mini Six Nations in three weeks'. His side take on Argentina in their tournament opener in Parma next Tuesday.
Jamie Heaslip will captain an Ireland XV against the BaaBaas in Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star studded line up and the battle he is relishing with former team mate Shane Jennings.
The Ireland XV to play the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night (kick-off 7.45pm) has been named. Jamie Heaslip will captain the side that contains two uncapped players in the starting line-up and a further three among the replacements.
The Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival rolled into the Aviva Stadium last Saturday with twenty teams of Under-10s, hundreds of kids, coaches and parents and two very special guests - Luke Fitzgerald and the RBS 6 Nations trophy.
The Munster squad completed an overnight camp with a pitch session in Thomond Park today having gathered in Limerick yesterday to prepare for the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors.
Shane Jennings will captain the Barbarians against Ireland XV at Thomond Park on Thursday night (kick-off 7.45pm). He captains a starting side containing nine different nationalities with 466 international appearances between them.
Munster are chasing a fourth GUINNESS PRO12 title and their first since they won the final against Leinster at Thomond Park in 2011. That was their most recent appearance in a major final and was their fifth successive victory in the final of all competitions they have contested.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.