Drawing to a close what has been a historic year for Irish Rugby, CJ Stander has been named the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards hosted in the Guinness Storehouse tonight.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame was officially launched today in Rugby, England, following a star-studded grand opening in the town and induction of 12 more greats of the game, including former Ireland centre and captain Brian O'Driscoll.
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip and Syd Millar were the respective recipients of the IRPA Try of the Year award and Vernon Pugh award for Distinguished Service at last night's World Rugby Awards ceremony in London.
Ireland still have third place to aim for in their final RBS 6 Nations game against Scotland, with head coach Joe Schmidt admitting: "If we can get that top-half finish I'd be very happy that we've worked our way through a pretty challenging time."
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek spoke to Irish Rugby TV on the eve of the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. He is happy that the team are focused but warns that it will be a tough encounter with Scotland tomorrow.
Looking forward to the lineout battle with Scotland, Ireland lock Devin Toner said: "We went well again Italy, I think our set piece went well. If we can just build on that and build on the positives then I think we'll be okay."