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Michael meets the Irish Rugby Team

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

We are half way through the 6 Nations Championship and after our defeat to France our Grand Slam Title hopes are shattered, but can we still retain our Grand Slam Title. TAS Reporter Michael Gannon went to Cork to watch the Irish team training and get the low down from Captain Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell.

Ireland play England this Saturday 27th in Twickenham as part of the 6 nations championship!

Reported Michael Gannon

Michael's synopsis of the day:

I went to Cork to meet the Irish Rugby team. They were in training for the upcoming match against England. I watched the training for a while. They were practicing the lineout, passing the ball quickly to each other, kicking the ball, and the scrum. It looked very physical and they also looked tired after the training session was over.

After the training session was over I went back to Jury's hotel to prepare for the interviews.

I then met Paul O'Connell. When he is away he shares with Keith Earls who is very relaxed and they have a lot of laughs together.

I asked him about the French match and how he felt about it. He said that he was very disappointed and felt that they could have done better. There were a lot of mistakes and errors and we could have worked them better.

He said that we could look forward to playing better against England. He said that we could beat England as long as we perform well and have the fans behind us.

Then I met the Captain Brian O'Driscoll. He said that as the Captain he has his own room when the team are away. He misses his fiance and the home cooking when he is away.

He said that the training that they had just completed was very physical and that he enjoyed it.

He said that it was a team performance against the French but they were very disappointed. On the day it just did not go well for us.

He hopes that we can beat England on the 27th. He's disappointed at the loss of Jerry Flannery but he will be there supporting the team.

I thought that the day went very well and was pleased with what I saw. I was a bit nervous meeting the team for the first time. I couldn't believe how well I was treated. The players made a huge effort to talk to me. I got some great pictures taken with Paul and Brian.

An excellent day all round.