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    <H2>Riordan answers Ireland S.O.S.</H2>
    <DIV ="storydate">Monday January 22 2007</DIV>Horgan injury opens door for Connacht full-back

    Connacht full-back Daniel Riordan has been called up to the Ireland squad this week as the national team resume training for their upcoming Six Nations campaign.

    <DIV ="inlineads">@@@@SPAN id=intelliTXT>The S.O.S. came from Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan after hisfirst choice wing Shane Horgan limped out of Leinster's 19-13 Heineken Cup defeat at Gloucester on Friday.</DIV>

    Riordan is currently Connacht's top try-scorer of the season with five tries in his sixteen appearances so far with the club.

    The Galway native has represented Ireland in the U21 Six Nations and Rugby World Cup in Argentina, both in 2005.

    After impressive wins over Samoa and Canada, Riordan was marked as the ‘one to watch’ as he emerged from the tournament after scoring four tries.

    Riordan joined up with the Connacht senior squad where he has now played for the last two seasons.

    Ireland open their Six Nations challenge in Wales on February 4.@@@@/SPAN>

    Congratulations to the lad and to Connacht for producing another good prospect despite their limited resources.


      <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><t><tr><td>Name:</td>
      <td>Daniel Riordan</td>
      <td rowspan="7"></td>
      <td>Wing / Full back</td>
      <td>Date of Birth:</td>
      <td>Place of Birth:</td>
      <td>5’10” / 1.78 m</td>
      <td>14 stone 2 lbs / 90 kg</td>
      <td>International Representation:</td>
      <td>Ireland U21</td></tr></t></table>

      Daniel Riordan has been called up to train with the Ireland squad this
      week as Ireland resume training for their upcoming six nations campaign.

      The Galway native, in his second season with Connacht, is currently the
      Western Provinces top try scorer of the season with five tries in his
      16 appearances so far.

      His try in Connacht's third round tie with Montpellier at the
      Sportsground in December was voted try of the week on
      ahead of Paul Steinmetz's try against London Irish and two of Brian
      O'Driscoll's three tries against Agen.

      Riordan’s sporting career began playing gaelic football for
      Annaghdown U12, who he played with until minor level. He began playing rugby in
      2<sup>nd</sup> year in @@@@SPAN style="color: black;">Coláiste Iognáid@@@@/SPAN> along
      with football and soccer.

      He first represented Connacht
      in rugby at schools level when at the age of 17 he was called up to the schools
      squad, who he represented for 2 years. Riordan also won the Schools Senior Cup
      with @@@@SPAN style="color: black;">Coláiste Iognáid@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> @@@@/SPAN>before being called up to the Galway
      Football minor panel in summer 2002.

      He has been involved with Corinthians since the age of 14
      winning several Connacht league and cups at
      underage level. He has also played two seasons with Corinthians seniors.

      In 2004 Riordan was called up the Connacht U21 for their
      Interprovincial championship which included a win over Ulster at the Sportsground.
      After impressing in those games he went on to represent Ireland in the U21 Six Nations and World Cup in Argentina, both
      in 2005. After impressive wins over Samoa and Canada, Riordan was marked as ‘one
      to watch’ as he emerged from the tournament after scoring four tries. After
      that summer Riordan joined up with the Connacht senior squad where he has
      established himself at full back this season.
      .................................................. .......... ............................

      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.


        see David Quinlan and Kieran Lewis are in also. Kearney has a hamstring and is out along with shaggy. Mal to be assessed todayand the Ulster boys are on a rehab day.
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          Ireland squad assembled in Dublin to begin preparations for the RBS 6
          Nations campaign but the weekend action in the Heineken Cup has take
          its toll.
          Horgan (Knee), Robert Kearney (hamstring strain) and John Kelly (Ribs)
          have pulled out of the Ireland Rugby squad due to injury and have been
          replaced by Danny Riordan (Connacht), Kieran Lewis (Leinster) and David Quinlan (Northampton).</font>In addition to this, there are fifteen players unable to train today due to minor injuries or having played yesterday, so today's scheduled training session has been cancelled.</font>Shane
          Horgan underwent surgery yesterday on his cartilage injury and the
          recovery period for his injury is 4-6 weeks. Malcolm O’Kelly, who came
          off on Friday with a recurrence of a previous knee problem, will be
          further assessed by the medical team today.</font>Barry Murphy, Peter Stringer, Gordon D’Arcy, Mick O’Driscoll and David Wallace are unable to train due to minor injuries.</font>Simon
          Easterby, David Quinlan, Neil Best, Rory Best, Simon Best, Bryan Young,
          Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe and Paddy Wallace all played yesterday and
          will rehab today.</font>Ireland Coach Eddie O’Sullivan said, “The
          squad have picked up a couple of knocks at the weekend following the
          Heineken Cup games and we also have to be mindful of players who have
          played yesterday. It was in the best interests of the players to
          prioritise rehab and recovery today to allow us to hit the ground
          running tomorrow”.



            pretty fortunate i think really that only one first 15 player is definitely out for the Wales game considering the intensity of the weekends games. ROG was targetted big timefor some treatment by the leicester back row but somehow seems to be ok.

            On a slightly related issue- I guess humphs jnr is now offficially our third choice out-half?? what ye reckon?


              Have not seeing much of Riordan play(well done and good to see a Connact player in there!). would people who have put him ahead of Murphy#3 at Leicester who was very impressive against us in October?
              Seas suas agus troid!


                He isn`t going to get game time so I suppose home based players get the nod.


                  yeah J murphy not even making leicester bench these days... gav duffy's gone off the radar as well - from try scoring at murrayfieldto behind kieran lewis - ouch


                    Best of luck to him. He has been making an impression with Connacht and it's good to see him get this recognition.
                    The early bird catches the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.


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