Monthly Archives: February 2007

O’Driscoll and Stringer out of French game

Ireland v France

Brain O'Driscoll and Peter stringer have both been ruled out off this weekends match at Croke Park. Ireland take on France at Croke Park in what will be an historic game, France will be the first foreign team to grace the impressive 80,000 seater stadium usually reserved for the GAA.

Isaac Boss will place Stringer while a reshuffle in the backs means that Shane Horgan who made an amazing recovery from knee surgery will join D'Arcy in the centre. Geordan Murphy will take the place of right wing with Denis Hickie remaining on the left.

Ireland will have there work cut out, without their inspirational captain but it will be a true test to see how far the sqaud has developed. On a personal level I would much prefer O'Driscoll to be 100% fit for the English clash the week after.

The team for France…

15 – Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College/Leinster) 70 caps
14 – Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers) 44
13 – Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 27
12 – Shane Horgan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 51
11 – Denis Hickie (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 54
10 – Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster) 67
9 – Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster) 5
1 – Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster) 43
2 – Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 8
3 – John Hayes (Bruff/Munster) 69
4 – Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 3
5 – Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 40 (capt)
6 – Simon Easterby (Llanelli Scarlets) 53
7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster) 33
8 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster) 18

Replacements:

16 – Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster) 10
17 – Simon Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 13
18 – Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster) 5
19 – Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 7
20 – Eoin Reddan (London Wasps) 1
21 – Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster) 2
22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 11

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Will O’Driscoll be fit for France?

It seems that Brain may be fit enough to play against France this weekend as he recovers from a mild strain on his hamstring. O'Driscoll will undergo a rehabilitation programme this week and a further medical update will be made on Saturday 24 hours before kick off in Croke Park.

But O'Driscoll is not the only injury concern, currently Peter stinger is a worry as he picked up a hairline fracture to a bone in his hand on Sunday. However Gordon D'Arcy who suffered a groin strain is likely to be fit and he is said to have responded well to treatment and is expected to be available.

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Will O’Driscoll be fit for France?

It seems that Brain may be fit enough to play against France this weekend as he recovers from a mild strain on his hamstring. O'Driscoll will undergo a rehabilitation programme this week and a further medical update will be made on Saturday 24 hours before kick off in Croke Park.

But O'Driscoll is not the only injury concern, currently Peter stinger is a worry as he picked up a hairline fracture to a bone in his hand on Sunday. However Gordon D'Arcy who suffered a groin strain is likely to be fit and he is said to have responded well to treatment and is expected to be available.

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O’Driscoll may miss French game

There is a possibility that O'Driscoll may miss the French game next week in Croke Park. Brian limped of the pitch yesterday in the 75th minute after having a great game against Wales.

Eddie O'Sullivan believes they pulled Brian off at the right time however he is still in doubt for next weeks game.

We are expecting an update today on O'Driscoll's conditions, lets hope he's O.K and is fit enough to captain Ireland in their first game at Croke Park.

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Ireland’s Close Call

Ireland 19 – 9 Wales

It was certainly a close call for the Irish faithful, after an amazing start you could be forgiven for thinking that Rory Bests early try was to be the start of something special from Ireland. Those thoughts were soon banished after Wales absorbed some early pressure and fought back by kicking penalties, racking up the scoreboard to 9-5 in favour of Wales.

Thankfully the lead wasn't for long as O'Driscoll gathered a floating pass and worked his magic up the short side to stretch for a try. O'Gara followed up by converting and excellent kick to bring the score 9-12 to Ireland.

Wales continued to knock at the door but Ireland's defence held strong in the second half, eventually it paid off after D'arcy got within inches of the try line, the move was finished of by O'Gara who stretched for the line in a similar fashion to O'Driscoll in the first half. It was breathless and bloody game which proved to be a stern test for Ireland, no doubt things will continue to get harder in the coming weeks.

Next week Ireland play France at Croke park and the week after we welcome England to Croke Park in a game which promises to be historic.

 The game in pictures…

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