23 Apr 14
This weekend the 16th Man takes to the seas and skies as the Red Army #InvadeMarseille for the Heineken Cup semi-final. Here's your guide to what's going on and how to get around Marseille.
"Even though the conditions were difficult, particularly in the opening half, it was a very enjoyable game." said Hurley today before making his way to his parents house in Kells Co Meath to watch the international in Rome.
Hurley had travelled from Belfast today in the company of Ian Nagle and Donnacha Ryan after, " a quiet night of celebration in Belfast", content that they'd put the disappointment of the Scotland defeat behind them.
"We only have two A games and it'd be a pretty poor return to lose both that's something you'd have to be conscious of. And it was disappointing to be leading at half time against Scotland and for it to end up like it did.
"So there was the incentive of that defeat but then when you're playing England sure that's incentive enough. In terms of the match itself, I was happy with my own performance. In a team sense I think our first half performance was especially good. We scored two tries playing into a strong wind and then in the second half had to re-adjust which we did really well."
The squad assembled in Belfast on Tuesday afternoon, trained in Malone RFC that evening and had a team run in Ravenhill on Thursday. Now, unless required to join the senior squad in Dublin on Monday Hurley, Nagle et al will rejoin their provinces and begin preparation for the upcoming Magners League games.
Irish Wolfhounds: D Kearney; J Murphy; E O'Malley, N Spence, D Hurley; I Humphreys, I Boss; B Wilkinson, D Varley, D Fitzpatrick (J Hagan, 68), D Ryan, M O'Driscoll, M McCarthy (D Ryan, 65), W Faloon (Nagle, 70), C Henry (capt).
England Saxons: N Abendanon; J Simpson-Daniel; M Tuilagi, B Twelvetrees (B Barritt, 48), U Monye; S Myler, J Simpson; A Corbisiero, l Mears, P Doran-Jones (J Marler, 40), G Kitchener, C Day, J Gaskell, C Robshaw (capt) L Narraway (S Aull (68).
Referee: P Gauzere (FFR).