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Brian O’Driscoll will lead Ireland into the Rugby World Cup

Thankfully, Brian O’Driscoll will be able to guide Ireland into their first world cup game against Namibia this Sunday.

The Irish captain sustained a fractured sinus injury when playing against the French club Bayonne last month.

Now that the captain is fully recovered from his sports wound, he can now help Ireland on their way to victory!

The Namibian team will have less support than they had predicted. The president of the Rugby Union of Namibia and all of his executives have been banned from the Rugby World Cup due to suspected irregular sales of tickets. All the more support for Ireland!

Ireland’s games this month

Ireland v Namibia on Sunday 9th September (Bordeaux)
Ireland v Georgia on Saturday 15th September (Bordeaux)
France v Ireland on Friday 21st September (Saint-Denis)
Ireland v Argentina on Sunday 30th September (Paris)

Ireland’s expected line up against Namibia
15 Girvan Dempsey
14 Andrew Trimble
13 Brian O’Driscoll
12 Gordon D’Arcy
11 Denis Hickie
10 Ronan O’Gara
9 Peter Stringer
1 Marcus Horan
2 Rory Best
3 John Hayes
4 Donncha O’Callaghan
5 Paul O’Connell
6 Simon Easterby
7 David Wallace
8 Denis Leamy
Replacements
16 Jerry Flannery
17 Simon Best
18 Malcolm O’Kelly
19 Neil Best
20 Isaac Boss
21 Paddy Wallace
22 Geordan Murphy

Read more information at the official Rugby World Cup site.

Will Irish eyes be smiling at Euro 2008?

In the latest soccer fixtures, Ireland have some very challenging trips abroad. With friendlies and Euro 2008 qualifiers coming up, the Irish fans will be enjoying some exotic holidays as they follow the team.

First up, Ireland will be taking on Denmark in Aarhus on August the 22nd. This is sure to be an entertaining match, as both teams will be experimenting before resuming Euro 2008 qualifiers. This is the first international match for the Irish team since May and is a great opportunity for manager Steve Staunton to perhaps bring some fresh faces into the squad.

Back to competative matches, Ireland travel to Bratislava to face Slovakia in the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers. The last time the two teams met, Ireland managed a 1 – 0 win.

They will be hoping to build on this success on Saturday September the 8th, and move one step closer to qualification for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

After the match in Slovakia, Ireland will hop across the border to take on the Czech Republic. The Sparta Prague Stadium will be packed as two of the favourites to progress from the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers face off.

Last time the two team met, it was a hard fought 1 – 1 draw. Without the home advantage, Ireland will no doubt he happy with another draw against the skilled Czech attack.

You can join the Irish fans in Prague on Wednesday September the 12th.

On November the 17th, there is a match slightly closer to home, as Ireland travel to the beautiful Millenium Stadium in Wales for the last Euro 2008 qualifier.

The stadium is sure to be packed as, hopefully, Ireland secure their place among the qualifiers for Euro 2008.

Tickets for any of these games are available through the FAI.

Latest Leinster news

There’s a lot going on at Donnybrook, as Leinster prepare for the new season.

First, a new Rugby Development Officer has been named. Everyone at Leinster Rugby is delighted at the appointment of David McAllister.

The former Leinster and Ireland Under-21 out-half will be responsible for the North Midlands area. Hopes are high that his experience will help him unearth some exciting new talent.

But that’s not all. You can now sport the colours of your favourite team, as the new home jersey for the 2007/08 season is now available at the Leinster Rugby Store. Short sleeved jerseys are only €77, with long sleeved shirts costing €80.

The 2007/08 season looks to be a very exciting one for Leinster. Season ticket applications have almost doubled since last year. Priced at just €199, a new batch of Bronze season tickets has been released after the initial tickets were snapped up within weeks. Make sure you get yours quickly to avoid disappointment.

For devoted Leinster fans who can’t make it to all the home games, Leinster Supporters Memberships are available for next season.

Exile packages (€50) are designed for those Leinster fans all across the globe. The kids can join the Leinster Cubs for just €30.

Look out for more rugby news as the 2007/08 season approaches.

Bonner honoured in Donegal

It was a moment no one in Ireland will ever forget. With the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup within touching distance, legendary goalkeeper Packie Bonner faced off against Romanian striker Daniel Timofte.

The save by Bonner won the penalty shoot-out, and sent Ireland into the World Cup quarter finals.

For that, and the many other achievements during his football career, Packie Bonner was honoured with the Freedom of the County in Donegal, the area’s highest accolade.

He became only the second person to receive the honour, after fellow goalkeeper Shay Given was awarded it last year.

An emotional Packie Bonner paid tribute to his family, friends, coaches and fellow players who influenced him.

He said: “Without them I would not be where I am today. As you go through this, you need special people and I had it in my family. They are the people that helped me get where I am.”

Mayor of Donegal Enda Bonner thanked his cousin Packie for the great memories he had given every Irishman.

He said: “This award will adequately reflect the great esteem in which Packie is held by the people of the counties for the wonderful memories he has given us and the work he continues to do.”

Packie Bonner came from very humble beginnings. Aged 10, he and his twin brother Denis were able to get their pair of football boots after a good herring season in Donegal.

He became Jock Stein’s last signing for Celtic, when he moved to Glasgow in 1978.

His Ireland debut came in May 1981, on his 21st birthday. He went on to play 642 times for Celtic, and won 80 caps for Ireland.

But it was that famous save and Ireland’s run during the 1990 World Cup that turned Bonner into a national hero.

He said: “Everybody, young and old enjoyed it. I was privileged to be part of such a great team.”

He can also now enjoy the privilege of walking his cattle through Dungloe.

Dublin Sports Listing 2007

Dublin has got plenty to entice sport lovers. You name the sport and Dublin has it. Currently,? Ireland cricket team is? on a verge of giving? its first ever appearance in the World Cup cricket Matches 2007, declared to be held in West Indies and South America. Besides cricket, Dublin has also proved its superiority in wind surfing, water sports, horse racing, golf, grey hound racing, soccer and rugby. To keep you up dated, Dublin Events has added a new sports list containing worthy information about up-coming sports events of the falling year. Browse Dublin Sports to get latest updates.