Jerry Flannery was a member of the Irish team which completed the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009. An outstanding hooker who helped Munster to win the Heineken Cup in 2006 and 2008, he represented Ireland on 41 occasions. Ahead of Ireland’s bid for more Grand Slam glory on Saturday he spoke to
It’s less than a decade since Declan Kidney’s Irish team secured that famous Grand Slam but it may as well be a page ripped out of an ancient history textbook as Joe Schmidt’s current generation of players go about writing their own chapters.
Ireland’s latest No 10 Paddy Jackson gets an immediate chance to put last Sunday’s nightmare at Murrayfield behind him when he starts for Ulster in Friday’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Treviso at Ravenhill — where he will take over all kicking duties from his half-back partner, Ruan Pienaar.
Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe has called academy players Alan O’Connor, James Simpson and Conor Joyce into his provisional squad ahead of Friday’s first versus second RaboDirect PRO12 game against Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium (7.35pm).
The loss of several key Ulster squad members to Six Nations duty has been softened for head coach Mark Anscombe with influential trio Johann Muller, Luke Marshall and Dan Tuohy returning to the squad ahead of Friday’s PRO12 meeting with the Ospreys at Ravenhill (7.05pm).