Congratulations and Best wishes to the Cork Constitution representatives selected for the forthcoming World Cup duties with Ireland:
For Ronan O’Gara it will be his third World Cup experience having been at the previous tournaments: 2007 in France and 2003 Australia & New Zealand. With 110 caps and 1022 points to his credit, only captain Brian O’Driscoll (113) has more appearances for his country.
Donncha O’Callaghanwill also be making his third World Cup appearance. First capped against Wales in 2003 he made the party for the tournament in Australia & New Zealand in 2003, but only got a couple of bench opportunities; by 2007 he was an established international and has now won 74 caps. His long-time partnership with Paul O’Connell (77 caps) will be a vital aspect of Ireland’s campaign.
Denis Leamywill be making his second World Cup having been first capped in 2004/05 season. Now with 52 caps to his credit he is also one of the more experienced players in the squad.
Mike Rossmoved on from Cork Constitution to Wasps in 2006, after four seasons and 54 All Ireland League games, when he wanted to prove that he had the quality to play at the highest level. Not favoured by Munster, he went on to win a Heineken Cup medal with Wasps before being snapped up by Leinster and securing a second European medal. His emergence onto the Ireland team has been much delayed, but we wish Mike every success now that he has reached the pinnacle of the game.