Brian O'Driscoll to speak in New York

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll will speak this evening in Manhattan about the highlights and challenges of his rugby career, Leinster's successful run this year, his captaincy of Ireland and the Lions and his views about the upcoming World Cup.

He will address members of Irish Network-NYC, at the New York Athletic Club, at Central Park South and 7th Ave, from 7 p.m. (Registration is from 6 p.m. RSVP at

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Meanwhile, O'Driscoll has been named as part of a 43-man training squad in preparation for the World Cup. However, fellow Leinster star Shane Horgan has been ruled out of World Cup preparations because of a knee operation.

Irish coach Declan Kidney has included four uncapped players: Munster full-back Felix Jones, and scrum-half Conor Murray, plus Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson and flanker Mike McCarthy.

Elsewhere, Ireland wound up the group stages of the Junior (Under 20) World Cup with a 30-13 victory over Scotland in Italy.

Leinster wing Andrew Conway got his fourth try of the competition as Ireland pulled clear in the second half. They now face a difficult match against the South African team, which beat them 42-26 last week, in the fifth place semi-final.

Kieran Rooney contributed to this report.