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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup International Rugby Men Ireland Men Wales Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland 32 Wales 9

Ireland kicked off their Nations Cup campaign with a convincing win against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening. Neither side created much, in a drab match, but Ireland managed to get over the line twice with Quinn Roux and James Lowe bagging a try each. Ireland (16) 32 TRY: Quinn Roux, James Lowe  CON: Johnny […]

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2020-21 International Rugby Men Ireland Men

John Cooney left out of Irish squad… again

Having omitted John Cooney from his international squad for the final 2020 Six Nations matches, many thought the scrum half had done enough to force his way back into Andy Farrell’s plans for the Autumn Nations Cup with his PRO14 performances recently Cooney is the notable absentee from the squad announced on Thursday while Iain […]

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2019-20 France Men International Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: France 35 Ireland 27

France dashed any hopes Ireland had securing the Six Nations Championship. The home side produced a dominant second half to take the game, for Ireland, it was a performance littered with mistakes. France’s efforts were spearheaded by halfbacks Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack while up front, the forwards disrupted Ireland, with Gregory Alldritt and Charles […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Ireland 35 Russia 0

Usually a seven try victory suggests a quality performance, particularly for a side like Ireland who wouldn’t be known to blow opposition teams away – the Scotland game being the exception – but I couldn’t help feel that Ireland produced a stuttering performance against a Russian side who are the 20th ranked side in the […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Ireland 27 Scotland 3

Ireland take pole position in Pool A with a resounding four-try victory over Scotland in their opening Rugby World Cup 2019 match. James Ryan, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Conway were the try scorers and the bonus point sees Ireland join Japan at the top of Pool A on five points. A dominant Ireland […]

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2018-19 Ireland Men

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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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Australia 21 Ireland 26

Ireland edged out Australia 26-21 to level the series heading into a decider in Sydney next week. Andrew Conway opened Ireland’s account while Tadhg Furlong added a second try towards the end of the match. It was a nervy start for Ireland has Kurtley Beale carved Ireland open within two minutes for the opening score […]

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2013-14 Ireland (Emerging)

Nations Cup: Emerging Ireland 66 Russia 0

Rushed home to watch this one and despite the score line it was a touch disappointing. The Russians were truly abysmal and the feed was so choppy that it was difficult to follow a move from start to finish. To top it all the game was called after 45 minutes due an horrendous downpour mixed […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Wrap Up

Ireland U20’s finished the tournament in 8th place after going into the tournament with realistic expectations of a top 6 finish. It was a disappointing end to the tournament but overall I would regard this tournament as a success for the Ireland team who have gained invaluable experience in the high pressure and big hitting […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

JWC 2011: Ireland 24 Wales 38

It was a disappointing end for Ireland U20’s as they slumped to a 24 – 38 defeat to Wales in their final match of the 2011 Junior World Cup. Wales were always in front with Lewis Robling, Macauley Cook, Liam Williams, Kirby Hill, and Thomas Young all crossing, Matthew Morgan adding two conversions and three […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for Wales

Ireland and Wales have named their teams for tomorrows 7th place play off which takes place at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso. KO 11:00am. Banbridge’s Jonathan Murphy is called into the squad as a replacement for Ireland’s captain Niall Annett, who was literally out on his feet after the South African semi final, and Leinster’s back […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for South Africa – Take 2

Ireland have made five changes to their starting XV from their earlier meeting with South Africa. The Baby Boks have made three changes to their starting line up. The Ireland team see’s Henderson starting ahead of Qualter, the Queens player is just getting better and better each game, Doyle comes in at wing forward ahead of Conneely, nominally a […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

JWC 2011: Ireland 30 Scotland 13

Second half tries from Andrew Conway, Luke Marshall and Niall Annett gave Ireland a 30 – 13 win over Scotland. As predicted the first half was a tense affair with Ireland inching ahead with Patrick Jackson kicking two penalties to Scotland’s one from Duncan Weir to give Ireland a 6 – 3 lead at the break. Things remained tight in the second […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland v Scotland Preview

This will be the third time that Ireland and Scotland have met at the IRB Junior World Championships. Both previous meetings have been in the play off for ninth place in the tournament, Ireland winning 39-12 in 2008 and 53-23 in 2010. Ireland beat Scotland 15-0 in the Under 20s Six Nations Championship in Inverness […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for Scotland.

U-20 Coach Mike Ruddock has made five changes to the starting XV for this game which will decide where in the playoffs Ireland will compete. The team sheet see’s five of Ulster’s youngsters return to the starting line but Ulster’s Young Player of the Season Craig Gilroy is benched after some indifferent displays. Up front Iain Henderson returns at […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Match Day 2 Review!

Match Day 2 brought more disappointment for Ireland in the IRB 2011 Junior World Cup. Ireland’s failure to pick up a losing bonus against England and South Africa leaves Ireland needing a bonus point win against Scotland to be certain of progressing into the 5th  – 8th  place play offs. The results from the Tuesday (below) see […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

JWC 2011: Ireland 26 South Africa 42

It was heartbreak for the second match in a row for Ireland’s youngsters as they slipped to their second defeat in the 2011 Junior World Cup with South Africa proving just to strong,  pulling away in the closing minutes for a flattering 42 – 26 win. Mike Ruddock and his charges will again be wondering […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland v South Africa Preview

Thanks to the stato’s at the IRB we have a whole host of facts and figures ahead of this evenings match so settle down and have a read before you watch the match tonight on SKY. KO 19:10 This is the first time that Ireland and South Africa have met in the Junior World Cup […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for South Africa.

Ireland have made six changes from the starting XV against England. In a bid to keep the team fresh, the bulk of the changes involve swapping around the replacements with Ulster’s Henderson, Jackson, Gallagher and Marshall all taking a stint on the bench. James McKinney starts at out half in place of Jackson, Niall Annett […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

JWC 2011: England 33 Ireland 25

It was heartbreak for Ireland in the opening game of the IRB 2011 Junior World Cup with a last minute try from England denying Ireland a losing bonus point. Ireland had taken the lead minutes from the end with a huge penalty from James McKinney but careless play from Shane Buckley, penalised and yellow carded […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Eight Ulster Players in Squad for England

Eight Ulster players have been included in the squad for Ireland’s opening Junior World cup fixture against England in Treviso tomorrow night KO 5:10pm SKY Sports. Captain Niall Annett is joined up front by Iain Henderson in the second row and Dominic Gallagher in the back row with Patrick Jackson, Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy lining […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

Annett to lead. Ireland U20’s make three changes for JWC 2011

There have been three changes to the Irish Under 20 Squad for the Junior World Cup in Italy next month, with Ulster’s Trinity based player Dominic Gallagher being the surprise bolter into the team following a strong display on Sunday against a Leinster Development side. Gallagher replaces fellow Ulster exile Stephen Leckey who had to […]

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

Ireland U20 Squad for JWC 2011

The Irish U20 World Cup Squad has slipped out over on the IRB Junior World Cup Site. The 26 man squad features 11 Leinster players, 7 Ulster, 3 Connacht, 3 Munster and 2 Exiles from what we can work out, though Ulster based Finlay Bealham could count as one more  towards Ulster’s representation! However Ulster should provide […]

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Ireland U20

The Italian Job Part 1: Italy U20 9 Ieland U20 28

Ireland U20’s got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start with a hard fought win over Italy in Parma. Two second half tries by Dungannon’s Craig Gilroy put a gloss on the final score as the Ireland side struggled for large periods of the game. The first half was a scrappy affair with […]