Trimble ruled out until next season
IRELAND and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and will be out of action until the start of next season.
The 24-year-old will undergo surgery to remove a piece of chipped bone behind his right knee and will require 12 weeks of rehabilitation. He will miss Ulster's final two Magners League games against Connacht and the Scarlets and Ireland's summer tour.
It is the second successive summer that Trimble has had to go into an end-of-season operation. He required surgery for a groin complaint last year and missed the summer tour to New Zealand and Australia.
Rolland lined up for Emerging Boks clash
ALAIN ROLLAND looks set to be confirmed as referee for the Lions versus Emerging Springboks match in June when the summer's list of match appointments is announced today.
The 42-year-old is seen as one of the top referees in the world but will have no role in the Test series as referees from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and hosts South Africa are ineligible. However, the indications are that Rolland will be in charge for the Lions clash with the best up-and-coming Springboks on June 23 -- in between the first and second Tests.
With France's Joel Jutge unlikely to be available and troubled New Zealand official Steve Walsh "retired" by his union as he battles personal problems, it looks as if the refereeing roles for the Test series are between Australia's Stuart Dickinson and New Zealand's Bryce Lawrence.
Ford to take the wheel at Dolphin
Steve Ford is set to take over as Dolphin head coach after David O'Mahony stepped down after five years in charge.
"It's time to move on. I've a very young family, a full-time career and the demands are very tough," said O'Mahony. Ford has been working under O'Mahony as a forwards coach and is said to have overwhelming player support for the head role.
O'Mahony, capped for Ireland at scrum-half in 1995, had an impressive record with the Cork club, establishing them in Division 1 of the AIB League and guiding them into the top eight for next season's elite Section A contest. In addition, he was involved with last summer's Churchill Cup and the Munster U-19s this season.
Robinson thrilled to be on Lions stand-by
CARDIFF Blues fly-half Nicky Robinson has revealed he is on the stand-by list for this summer's Lions tour of South Africa.
Robinson, capped 12 times by Wales, said he had been told he was on the reserve list for the tour by Lions assistant coach Rob Howley. "It was a bit of a shock to see his name come up on my phone," he said. "It's great to be on the list."