We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 09:59 | 4/2/16

Gatland: Ref has influenced selection

Gethin Jenkins dropped for clash with Ireland

Warren Gatland has stated the appointment of referee Jerome Garces influenced his selection of Rob Evans at prop over Gethin Jenkins for Sunday's Six Nations opener in Ireland.

Although the New Zealander said he still expected Jenkins to play a big part in this season's Six Nations, he confirmed the 35-year-old will not feature in the 2019 World Cup and his selection decisions will also be influenced by the need to nurture his replacement.

"That was part of the conscious decision in terms of that selection," Gatland said. "He's (Garces) tough at scrum time. He did penalise us a few times, but we were very happy with his control of the game.

"And I think at the moment, from the performances that we've seen recently, he and Nigel Owens are definitely the top referees in world rugby.

"We've spoken on a few occasions during the World Cup about potentially what happens to him (Jenkins).

"Those discussions have been positive in making sure we respect what he's done for Welsh rugby.

"He knows he's not going to get through to 2019 and we've spoken about how do we manage the process where we bring someone on as a replacement, and his potential exit strategy as well.

"He's a professional, he's been around a long time and I have no doubt that when he gets his opportunity he will come on and perform.”

Jenkins’ omission is one of four changes Gatland has made from the side which narrowly lost to South Africa in October’s World cup quarter-final.

Jonathan Davies returns at centre while Justin Tipuric’s inclusion at open side flanker has caused a reshuffle which sees Dan Lydiate surprisingly missing out.

Tom James returns to the wing - five years since his last cap in place of Alex Cuthbert.

Win would put season "on the map" - Cave

12:16 | 22/10/17

Ulster back Darren Cave says victory over La Rochelle in the Champions Cup would put their season "on the map".

Munster grind out win against Racing 92

21:05 | 21/10/17

Munster dug deep to beat French Top 14 side Racing 14-7 on an emotional day in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park.

Ruddock praises Leinster forwards

15:40 | 21/10/17

Leinster back-row Rhys Ruddock hails a dominant forwards performance in a bonus-point 34-18 victory against Glasgow Warriors in the Champions Cup.

Leinster earn bonus-point win at Glasgow

14:09 | 21/10/17

Leinster powered to a 34-18 win against Glasgow at Scotstoun to maintain their perfect start to their Champions Cup Pool 3 campaign.

Saracens the team to be beat, says Furlong

09:26 | 20/10/17

Leinster tighthead prop Tadgh Furlong says Saracens will once again be the team to beat in this year's European Rugby Champions Cup,...

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.