Ruddock's men sink Leinster
AN IRELAND U-20 team featuring 12 Leinster players proved too strong for the host province's development team in a pre-Christmas challenge at Donnybrook yesterday, winning 40-15.
Mike Ruddock's team started well, with skipper Conor Gilsenan and out-half Cathal Marsh scoring tries in the opening minutes.
Jack O'Connell clawed one back for Leinster, but Barry Daly took a wonderful Marsh pass to score before the break.
UCD hooker David Doyle and St Mary's winger Darren Hudson crossed for Leinster to give them hope of a recovery, but Jack Carty, Jack Conan and Kieran Marmion ran in tries to take the bragging rights.
HARLEQUINS flanker Will Skinner has been handed a two-week ban after he was sent off during his team's Heineken Cup victory over Toulouse in France last weekend.
Skinner received a red card from referee Alain Rolland for what the ERC described as "an act contrary to good sportsmanship".
It followed an incident a minute from time at Le Stadium when Skinner, who had been replaced some 30 minutes earlier, played the match ball in the technical zone and prevented Toulouse from taking a quick line-out.
FRANCE'S Groupama became the first boat to reach the so-called 'stealth zone' of the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday -- an area where the yachts can't be tracked by the public as they head for an undisclosed location to avoid possible pirates.
Groupama was more than 80 nautical miles ahead of the other four boats in the second leg of the round-the-world race, organisers said, as the yacht slipped into the area where the boats' positions will be kept a secret from the public.
American team Puma were second, followed by overall leaders Telefonica in third, Camper in fourth and Abu Dhabi in fifth.