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  • Connacht Rugby mourn the loss of former IRFU President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Browne, who passed away peacefully at his home in Kingston, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.
     
    Hailing from Moygownagh in Mayo, Tony was the recipient of Connacht Rugby’s ‘Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award’ earlier this year.

    From 1982, as Connacht Rugby Branch Rep, he was a member of the IRFU National Committee and was Chairman of some of the most important National Sub Committees including those dealing with Schoolboy Rugby and Refereeing Standards.
     
    In 1990 he was appointed President of the Connacht Rugby Branch and a year later he became the first and only person ever in the history of Corinthians to hold the office of President of IRFU.
     
    Tony will be reposing from his home (Eircode H91 YH W4) on Sunday 18th August from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

    Removal on Monday (19th) to the Sacred Heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.

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    Connacht will welcome a number of players back from injury for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with the Ospreys.

    Finlay Bealham, Craig Ronaldson, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Browne and Steve Crosbie are among those available to Kieran Keane again.

    Meanwhile, the province say winger Niyi Adeolokun is making good progress with his hamstring injury and could return later this month.

  • The Irish rugby squad for this month's World Cup in Japan has been confirmed, with Devin Toner expected to be the highest profile absentee.

    Schmidt's 31 man squad was scheduled to be publicly announced next Sunday, but after details were leaked to the media, the IRFU have now confirmed the squad.

    Veteran lock Toner has missed out on selection, with Munster's Jean Kleyn included in his place.

    Jack Carty has beaten Ross Byrne to the third outhalf position, while Luke McGrath is chosen in favour of Connacht's Kieran Marmion.

    Ulster pair Jordi Murphy and Jack McGrath have also reportedly been left on standby.

    There is one change to the squad which had been reported, with Munster centre Chris Farrell chosen over Will Addison.

  • Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell has kept faith in the 15 players who started against Wales for Sunday's Guinness Six Nations match at England.

    Peter O'Mahony keeps his place in the back-row with the fit-again Caelan Doris having to settle for a place on the bench.

    Doris' inclusion sees Max Deegan drop out out of the matchday 23.

    O'Mahony joins Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in the back-row, Iain Henderson and James Ryan are the locks with a front-row of Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Tadhg Furlong.

    Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton's partnership continues in the half-backs with former Connacht teammates Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw paired in midfield.

    Try-scorers against Wales, Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour, are joined in the back-three by Jacob Stockdale.

    Victory for Ireland would see them seal a 12th Triple Crown.

  • Leinster's Caelan Doris  and Ulster's Will Addison are to be a part of the Irish rugby training camp in Cork this week.

     

    The Lacken native suffered a head injury early on in the win over Scotland.

     

    Ireland play England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday week.

  • The Irish rugby provinces are not expected to resume collective training until the middle of May.

    All professional rugby in the country is currently suspended and the PRO14 and Champions Cup campaigns are now likely to stretch into July and August.

    The changes to the season as a result of the coronavirus have also left Ireland's summer tour of Australia in major doubt.