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Ireland Look a Good Bet for 2023 World Cup

The next World Cup is still three years away, however, all the leading nations will already be planning for that tournament in France. There have been ample signs during the 2020 Six Nations to suggest Ireland are a good bet at 12/1 to win the World Cup for the first time in 2023. Ireland got […]

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Men Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

After a hard fought but not entirely convincing win in round one of the Six Nations against Scotland, Andy Farrell has made two changes to the starting team to take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The Ulster contingent retain their respective jerseys; Rob Herring and Iain Henderson start in the pack, while Jacob Stockdale […]

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Irish Rugby: IRFU U18 Interpro Wrap

The provincial U18 School and Club sides, plus guests IQ Rugby, completed their Interprovincial tournaments on Sunday with Leinster U18 Schools and Leinster U18 Clubs winning their respective categories. Ulster U18 Schools finished second in the Schools Category, winning two from their three matches, and Ulster U18 Club finished last in their category after losing […]

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Ireland Men: Teams up for England v Ireland

With 30 days to go to Ireland’s first match in the 2019 World Cup I suppose it’s about time we got on the bandwagon. Ireland play their second World Cup warm up game on Saturday afternoon against England at Twickenham, kick off 15:00. I don’t think either team will show much or expect much out […]

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2019-20 Ireland Men

Irish Rugby: IRFU U18 Club and Schools Interpros At A Glance (Round 2)

The IRFU U18 Club and Schools Interprovincials continued on Wednesday at The University of Limerick Pavillion pitches. Ulster Schools recorded their first win, beating Munster Schools 18 – 10, but the Club side went down 24 – 7 to their Munster counterparts and are still looking for that big W on their side of the […]

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Autumn International: Ireland 57 USA 14

A second half blitz saw Ireland comfortably defeat the USA Eagles 57-14 after a tough first half. Andrew Conway grabbed a hat trick while, Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey, Quinn Roux and John Ryan chipped in with tries. Ireland got on the board early and Conway helped set a quick tempo. The Munsterman weaved […]

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Autumn Internationals: Teams up for Ireland v USA

Joe Schmidt has announced an Irish side featuring six Ulstermen to face USA on Satrurday (KO 18:30). Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale are left out having featured in two and three Autumn International matches already. Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, John Cooney, Iain Henderson and Jordi Murphy are the Ulster contingent in the starting line up […]

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2016 U20 WRC: Teams up for Ireland v Argentina

Ireland U20 coach Nigel Carolan has, largely, reverted back to the starting line-up that featured against Wales and New Zealand for Monday’s semi final clash against Argentina in the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship. The match takes place in the Manchester City Academy Stadium and kicks off at 17:30. It will be shown live on TG4 and […]

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Friendly: Argentina 17 Ireland 23

Busy weekend and such a lot to catch up on. First up the review of Ireland’s second tour match against Argentina in Tucuman on Saturday evening. Yet again I’d expected better from, a more or less first string, Ireland against a second string Pumas side but they were made to work hard for this one […]

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Friendly: Argentina 17 Ireland 29

Ireland recorded a rare win on Argentine soil with a 17 – 29 victory against Los Pumas at Estadia Centenario, Resistencia last night. Tries came from Chris Henry, Jonny Sexton and Andrew Trimble with Sexton slotting over a conversion and two penalties before limping off. Replacement Ian Madigan completed the scoring with two late penalties. The match didn’t […]

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Friendly: Teams up for Argentina v Ireland.

Seven Ulster players start for Ireland in their summer “jolly boys” outing against Argentina in Estadio Centenario, Resistencia on Saturday evening. KO 19:40 UK/IRE. It’s a match that will likely go down in the annals of Irish Rugby history as Robbie Diack’s and Kieran Marmion’s first starts but not for much else as both teams are well […]

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Six Nations: France 20 Ireland 22

So Brian O’Driscoll got the send off he thoroughly deserved, probably made all the sweeter by stealing the championship out from under the nose of an expectant England! A fitting end for one of the games true legends who has straddled the world stage with great skill and dignity. It was also pleasing that this […]

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Ireland Men Six Nations

Ireland: One last Mission Impossible for Brian O?

For some reason I have the theme tune to Mission Impossible playing in my head as I write this one. And here comes the dulcet Kiwi tones of Joe Schmidt, “Your mission Brian, should you choose to accept it, is to beat to France in Paris! This team will self destruct in 80 minutes!” The […]

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Six Nations: Ireland 46 Italy 7

Ireland romped to a 47 – 6 win against Italy yesterday afternoon at the Aviva Stadium in a game dominated by Brian O’Driscoll making his last appearance for Ireland on home turf. The “Great One” set up two tries for Jonny Sexton and one for Andrew Trimble but Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Fergus McFadden and Jack […]

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Ireland: Henderson starts for Ireland.

There will be four Ulster players starting for Ireland in their clash against Italy tomorrow afternoon at the Aviva Stadium. (KO 2:30pm) Young Iain Henderson gets his first start in the Six Nations (and it’s about time too) when he runs out alongside fellow Ulster players Chris Henry, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble. Paddy Jackson […]

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Six Nations: England 13 Ireland 10

And so we move on to match two in my Sunday morning marathon of woe with Ireland men losing to England at dear old Twickers by 13 – 10. Following the impressive victory against Wales Joe Schmidt goes from “hero” to “slightly less impressive” after he was out-thought and the team where out-fought in this […]

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Ireland: Teams up for England clash!

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown with England at Twickenham (kick-off 4pm). Ulster’s Rory Best will become the provinces most capped player when he takes the field overtaking “Mr Ulster” himself, David Humphreys. Best is joined, once again, in the starting line up by Andrew […]

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Six Nations: Teams Up For Ireland v Wales

Two Ulster players edged out following the victory against Scotland and I suspect that another two, Trimble and Henry will be found surplus to requirements after the match against Wales! The predictability of the Ireland team selections really does leave me completely uninspired as the old tried and tested combinations are rolled out once again. […]

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Six Nations: Ireland 28 Scotland 6

Ireland eventually pulled clear for a comfortable 28 – 6 win against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Tries came from Andrew Trimble, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney with Jonny Sexton converting two and adding three penalties. The home side suffered a pre-match setback with the withdrawal of talisman Paul O’Connell but in […]

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Ireland: Six Ulster players in match-day squad for Scotland opener.

Rory Best, Chris Henry, Luke Marshall and Andrew Trimble will start for Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nation’s match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Paddy Jackson and Dan Tuohy will start from the bench. I’d read with some scepticism earlier this morning about an increased Ulster representations in the Ireland side and prepared myself for […]

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Ireland: Eight Ulster players answer Ireland’s Call.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a 34-man squad for the opening two games of the RBS 6 Nations against Scotland and Wales. The selected squad includes three uncapped players, who all featured for the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at the weekend. The uncapped Robin Copeland, Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore are amongst 18 forwards […]

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Autumn International: Ireland 22 New Zealand 24.

It was heartbreak for Ireland as they missed out on a rare chance of beating the All Blacks with the visitors scoring an injury time converted try to pinch the game 22 – 24. Ireland led 22 -17 as the clock went into the red zone but Crotty’s try, converted at the second attempt by […]

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Autumn Series: Ireland 15 Australia 32

A lacklustre Ireland slumped to a 15 – 32 defeat against a developing Australia who looked too classy for the bumbling boys in green at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. Ireland were outscored by four tries to nil with 12 of their 15 points coming from the boot of Jonny Sexton and the other […]

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Autumn Series: Ireland 40 Samoa 9

Ireland wore down a disappointingly understrength Samoa at The Aviva Stadium last night to run out winners by 40 – 9 in the first match of the Joe Schmidt era. The tries, for Ireland, came from Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, David Kearney (2) and Fergus McFadden with Paddy Jackson adding three conversions and three penalties. I’d […]