Marcus Horan announced on Friday that he will retire from the game as a player at the end of the season.
Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie has entered himself into the race for the Ireland coaching role.
Highly rated Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter has ruled himself out of the running for the Ireland coaching role vacated by Declan Kidney.
Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea says he has no interest in succeeding Declan Kidney as head coach of Ireland.
Declan Kidney's contract as Ireland coach will not be renewed when it expires in June and Les Kiss will take over as interim coach.
Former B&I Lions coach Ian McGeechan has urged current mentor Warren Gatland to select players primarily on form, rather than their reputation.
Two-time B&I Lions captain Martin Johnson has said Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones could skipper the combined side on their tour of Australia.
Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll was given a three-week ban Wednesday for stamping on Italy's Simone Favaro.
Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has signed a new national contract with the Ireland Rugby Football Union which will see him remain at Ravenhill until 2015.
Irish great Brian O'Driscoll was on Monday cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 15-22 Six Nations defeat to Italy.
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