The England winger Jon Sleightholme's summer sojourn with Sheffield Eagles looks likely to be blocked by Bath. "Jon is about to sign a new contract," John Hall, Bath's director of rugby, said. "He will be committed to an intense programme of preparation."
Pat Whelan, the Ireland manager, has named a summer training squad that includes 10 uncapped players: Dominic Crotty, Rob Henderson, Steve McIvor, James Topping, Brian Walsh, Shane Byrne, Paul Cunningham, Paul Flavin, Angus McKeen and Malcolm O'Kelly.
IRELAND SUMMER TRAINING SQUAD: Backs: J Bell (Northampton), P Burke (Bristol), D Crotty (UCC), M Field (Malone), S Geoghegan (Bath), R Henderson (Lon Irish), N Hogan (Terenure Coll), D Humphreys (Lon Irish), S Mason (Richmond), S McIvor (Garryowen), C Savermittto (Sale), J Topping (Ballymena), R Wallace (Garryowen), B Walsh (Cork Cons), N Woods (Blackrock). Forwards: S Byrne (Blackrock Coll), A Clarke (Northampton), V Costello (St Mary's Coll), P Cunningham (Garryowen), D Corkery (Bristol), J Davidson (Dungannon), P Flavin (Blackrock Coll), G Fulcher (Lon Irish), A Foley, M Galwey (both Shannon), E Halvey (Saracens), H Hurley (Old Wesley), P Johns (Dungannon), D McBride (Malone), A McKeen (Lansdsowne), M O'Kelly (St Mary's Coll), N Popplewell (Newcastle), P Wallace (Blackrock Coll). Young players to attend: J Cunningham (Dublin Univ), B O'Meara (Cork Cons), C McEntee (Lansdowne), K Dawson (Bangor), D Hickie (St Mary's Coll).
TOUR MATCHES: North Sydney: New South Wales 27 Wales 20. Hamilton: Waikato 39 Scotland 35.