Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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IRELAND SQUAD (Summer tour to Australia): Full-backs: C O'Shea (Lansdowne), J Staples (London Irish). Wings: R Wallace (Garryowen), N Woods (Blackrock College), S Geoghegan (London Irish). Centres: P Danaher (Garryowen), M Field (Malone), M Ridge (Blackrock College), B Walsh (Cork Constitution). Stand-offs: E Elwood (Lansdowne), A McGowan (Blackrock College). Scrum-halves: M Bradley (Cork Constitution, capt), A Rolland (Blackrock College). Props: J Fitzgerald, P Clohessy (both Young Munster), G Halpin (London Irish), P Soden (Cork Constitution). Hookers: T Kingston (Dolphin), K Wood (Garryowen). Locks: N Francis (Old Belvedere), M Galwey (Shannon), G Fulcher (Cork Constitution), J Davidson (Dungannon), V Costello (St Mary's College). Flankers: D Corkery (Cork Constitution), P Hogan (Garryowen), D McBride (Malone), B Robinson (Ballymena), No 8s: P Johns (Dungannon), R Wilson (Instonians). Itinerary: 18 May: Western Australia (Perth). 22 May: New South Wales (Waratah). 25 May: ACT (Canberra). 29 May: Queensland (Brisbane). 1 June: Australia B (Mount Isa). 5 June: Australia (Brisbane). 8 June: New South Wales Country (Lismore). 11 June: Australia (Sydney).

DURHAM (v Yorkshire, CIS County Championship final, Twickenham, 16 April): G Spearman (Blaydon); O Evans (West Hartlepool), P Nickalls (Rosslyn Park), I Bell (Hartlepool Rovers), C Mattison; J Bland, S Kirkup (all Durham City); G Naisbitt (Stockton, capt), I Parnaby (Westoe), M Douthwaite (Stockton), G Wanless (Durham City), C Aldus (Stockton), S Musgrove (Westoe), D McKinnon (West Hartlepool), B Dixon (Stockton).

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