Kick-off: 17:15 – Saturday 8 November
Venue: Thomond Park
Ireland will kick of their string of friendlies against Canada in the recently renovated Thomond Park. The match should provide a great opportunity to for coach Declan Kidney to hand out a few new caps in the form of Ryan Cladwell and Keith Earls.
Ireland: Earls; Bowe, O’Driscoll, capt, Fitzgerald, Kearney; O’Gara, Reddan; Horan, Flannery, Buckley, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Ferris, Jennings, Heaslip.
Replacements (from): R Best, Hayes, Caldwell, Quinlan, D Wallace, P Wallace, Stringer, Horgan.
Thanks to the magic of youtube here are some highlights of the Australia game.
Paddy Wallace will start at centre for Saturday’s big game against New Zealand. Wallace replaces Luke Fitzgerald who has had to pull out of the game due to an ankle injury.
It safe to say the pressure is on New Zealand and the home crowd will be expecting an a good win to make up for the team’s World Cup disappointment. After a long season of rugby, especially for the Munster players, it is set to be a tough encounter for Ireland.
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Eddie O’Sullivan has announced the team which will play Italy in the opening game of the 2008 Six Nations at Croke Park. The team sees Geordan Murphy welcomed back to the starting line-up on the left wing. Eion Reddan will also start next to and in-form Ronan O’Gara.
Both John Hayes and captain Brian O’Driscoll will win their 80th caps on the day with Malcolm O’Kelly extending the all time record to 92 caps.
Full team as follows:
Eddie O’Sullivan has today signed a four year agreement which will extend his contract as the Irish coach until 2012.
It seems to be odd timing for the IRFU to extend the contract with the World Cup only weeks away. I’m sure this could have been done after the World Cup, that way the IRFU could decide whether Eddie is the right man to coach the 2011 world cup squad as well.
It’s a strong message by the IRFU, they are obviously happy with the job Eddie is doing. We can only hope that Eddie will deliver during this, the most important coaching period of his life.
Peter Stringer is unlikely to be fit for Fridays match against Italy. Stringer has been suffering from a back spasm and at this late stage Eddie is unlikely to risk the #1 scrum half ahead of Ireland’s first world cup game on the 9th. Stringer will attend training on Thursday night where himself and staff will decide whether he can play.