IRELAND RUGBY TEAMS ANNOUNCED: I XV Team To Play England Rugby I XV, U20 Team, Club Team & Ireland rugby Women team to play England Rugby Women + Media Build up to Game – Includes BBC Sport Andrew Trimble Interview

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Great to see Andrew Trimble getting the start he deserves

This years Ulster players involved in training and squads include:
Rory Best, Paddy Wallace, Tom Court, Stephen Ferris
Ian Humphreys, Paul Marshall, Nevin Spence
Nigel Brady, Willie Faloon, Declan Fitzpatrick, Chris Henry
Luke Marshall, Caraig Gilroy, Patrick Jackson, Nial Annett, Blane McIlroy, Iain Henderson, Lauren Day, Stacey Kennedy & Stuart Morrow.
The Ireland team to play England in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship at Aviva Stadium on Saturday has been named.

There are two changes in personnel in the backline and also a positional switch. Keith Earls moves to fullback in place of Luke Fitzgerald.

Andrew Trimble comes into the team on the left wing, for his first start in this year’s Championship. Jonathan Sexton will start the game with Ronan O’Gara moving to the replacements.

Eoin Reddan has made good progress from the concussion he received in the game against Wales and will visit a neurologist this week to confirm he is fit to play.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v England, 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, March 19, kick-off 5.00pm):

15 – Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)
14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
10 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
9 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

16 – Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 – Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)
19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20 – Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22 – Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

The Ireland Under 20 Team (sponsored by PwC) has been named for the final game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship against England Under 20 in Dubarry Park.

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made a number of changes to the side that drew dramatically with Wales last weekend.

Tiernan O’Halloran returns to the starting XV alongside Michael Sherlock and Andrew Boyle. In the centre JJ Hanrahan starts in place of Luke Marshall while Cathal Marsh comes in at out half for Paddy Jackson. Jackson, Marshall and Craig Gilroy have been called up the Ulster squad.

Up front David Doyle comes in at hooker for injured captain Niall Annett. He will pack down between James Tracy and Martin Moore.

Jordi Murphy will captain the team in the absence of Annett.

IRELAND UNDER-20 Team & Replacements (v England Under-20s, 2011 RBS Under-20 6 Nations Championship, Dubarry Park, Athlone, Friday, March 18, kick-off 7.45pm):

15 – Michael Sherlock (Clontarf/Leinster)
14 – Tiernan O’Halloran (Galwegians/Connacht)
13 – Alex Kelly (UCD/Leinster)
12 – JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster)
11 – Andrew Boyle (UCD/Leinster)
10 – Cathal Marsh (Dublin University/Leinster)
9 – Blane McIlroy (Ballymena/Ulster)
1 – James Tracy (UCD/Leinster)
2 – David Doyle (UCD/Leinster)
3 – Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)
4 – Michael Kearney (Clontarf/Leinster)
5 – Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers/Connacht)
6 – Shane Buckley (Garryowen/Munster)
7 – Aaron Conneely (Corinthians/Connacht)
8 – Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) Captain


16 –James Rael (Garryowen/Munster)
17 – Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
18 – Cathal O’Flaherty (Cork Constitution/Munster)
19 – Stephen Lecky (Glasgow Hawks/Exiles)
20 – Mark Dolan (Corinthians/Connacht)
21 – Gareth Quinn McDonogh (Shannon/Munster)
22 – Colm O’Shea (Clontarf/Leinster)

The Ireland Club team to play England Counties in the Ulster Bank Club International at Anglesea Road on Friday evening has been named.

Cork Constitution’s Gerry Hurley will start at scrum half with Matt D’Arcy of St. Mary’s College named in the replacements.

Hurley will partner Dolphin’s Barry Keeshan in the half backs. Evan Ryan, now with Clontarf but previously with Cork Con, partners Eric Moloney in the centres to increase the Cork influence.

John O’Brien, John Cleary and David Mongan again comprise an attacking back three.

Up front Coach David O’Mahony has retained the same pack that helped power the Club side to victory over the Scottish Clubs last weekend to win the Dalriada Cup.

The back row of Hugh Hogan, Barry O’Mahony and team captain Frank Cogan may again prove influential as Ireland face a strong England Counties side.

The game kicks off at 5.30 in Old Belvedere’s Anglesea Road ground and promises to be a cracking game of rugby.

Ireland Club (Team & Replacements, Ulster Bank Club International v England Counties, Anglesea Road, Friday March 18, kick off 5.30pm)

15. John O’Brien (Buccaneers)
14. John Cleary (Galwegians)
13. Eric Moloney (Dolphin)
12. Evan Ryan (Clontarf)
11. David Mongan (Old Belvedere)
10. Barry Keeshan (Dolphin)
9. Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution)
1. John Ryan (UCC)
2. Richie Sweeney (St. Mary’s College)
3. Christy Condon (Dolphin)
4. Philip Donnellan (UCC)
5. Simon Crawford (Clontarf)
6. Hugh Hogan (St. Mary’s College)
7. Barry O’Mahony (Clontarf)
8. Frank Cogan (Cork Constitution) (capt)


16. Ciaran Kavanagh (Clontarf)
17. Ger Slattery (Young Munster)
18. Liam Og Murphy (Young Munster)
19. Damian Hall (St. Mary’s College)
20.Matt D’Arcy (St. Mary’s College)
21. Alan Kingsley (Young Munster)
22. Stuart Morrow (Ballynahinch)

Ireland Management Team:

David O’Mahony – Head Coach
Pat McHale – Team Manager
Andy Wood – Assistant Coach
Eugene McEntegart – Strength & Conditioning Coach
William Duggan – Doctor
Ailbe McCormack – Doctor
Pat Downey/Jim Barden – Bagmen

Ireland Women’s coach Philip Doyle has named his team for the final game of this year’s RBS 6 Nations clash against England.

Doyle has made four changes – three personnel and one positional switch – to the starting XV side that was narrowly defeated by Wales, 15 – 14 last Sunday.

Ailis Egan makes her first start of the season coming in at prop with Lauren Day reverting to the bench. Laura Guest moves to the back row with Heather O’Brien starting alongside Marie Louise Reilly in the second row.

Larissa Muldoon makes her first start having impressed off the bench in recent outings.

Ireland play England in Ashbourne RFC, Meath on Friday 18th March with a 7.30 kick off. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Ireland Women v England Women (RBS 6 Nations Championship, Ashbourne, Friday 18th March 2011 -19:30)
15 – Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian – Munster)
14 – Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemian – Munster)
13 – Lynne Cantwell (Richmond – Exile)
12 – Geraldine Rea (Highfield – Munster)
11 – Mairead Kelly (UL Bohemian – Munster)
10 – Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
9 – Larissa Muldoon (UWIC – Exile)
1 -Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemian – Leinster)
2 – Gillian Bourke (Bristol – Munster)
3 – Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
4 – Heather O’Brien (Highfield – Munster)
5 – Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
6 – Laura Guest (Highfield – Munster)
7 – Claire Molloy (Bristol – Connacht)
8 – Joy Neville (UL Bohemian – Munster)

16 – Stacey Kennedy (City of Derry – Ulster)
17 – Lauren Day (Waterloo – Ulster)
18 – Dee O’Brien (Blackrock – Leinster)
19 – Carol Staunton (Galwegians – Connacht)
20 – Amy Davis (Blackrock – Leinster)
21 – Gillian Nolan (St Marys – Leinster)
22 – Jackie Shiels (Richmond – Leinster)

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