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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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2018-19 Six Nations

Men’s Six Nations: Ireland 20 England 32

Revenge is a dish best served cold and that’s what England got as they defeated Ireland 32-20 at the Aviva Stadium on the opening weekend of the Six Nations. Cian Healy grabbed Ireland’s first try while Ulster’s own John Cooney scored a consolation with two minutes remaining. Ireland were on immediately on the back foot…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 37 Wales 27

Ireland defeat Wales 37-27 in a thrilling Six Nations encounter at the Aviva Stadium and remain on track for a Grand Slam. Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale scored twice while Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy and Cian Healy were the other Irish scorers. Steff Evans scored late on to ensure a nail-biting finish while Gareth Davies crossed in…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 27 Australia 24

Ireland (17) 27 TRY: Iain Henderson, Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls. CON: Paddy Jackson (3). PEN: Paddy Jackson (2). Australia (7) 24 TRY: Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Sefanaia Naivalu. CON: Bernard Foley (3). PEN: Bernard Foley. And so it came to pass, despite my tipping Australia to nick this one, that Ireland completed, what now must be regarded…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v Australia

This match brings together two of the greatest hookers of the modern era with Ulster and Ireland’s Rory Best going head to head, cheek to cheek and shoulder to the back of the neck with Australia’s Stephen Moore.  By the end of the day they will have 216 test caps between them, Moore showing his dominance…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 9 New Zealand 21

Ireland (6) 9 PEN: Johnny Sexton, Paddy Jackson (2). New Zealand (14) 21 TRY: Malakai Fekitoa (2), Beauden Barrett. CON: Beauden Barrett (3). Just as there was extreme overreaction to Ireland’s historic win against New Zealand in Chicago, so has there been an equal amount of hysteria over this defeat at the Aviva Stadium.  Dirty,…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v New Zealand II

Unsurprisingly Ireland have made limited changes from the team that won round one in Chicago a fortnight ago with Sean O’Brien, in for the injured Jordi Murphy, the only change to the starting XV for Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 5:30pm.  From the Ulster perspective I’m pleased to report that Paddy Jackson and…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 52 Canada 21

Ireland (21) 52 TRY: Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, Tiernan O’Halloran (2), Penalty Try, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, James Tracy. CON: Paddy Jackson (6). Canada (14) 21 TRY: DTH vd Merwe, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans. CON: Gordon McRorie (3). A 31 point win was just about par for the course for Ireland’s second-string against a hard working Canadian…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v Canada

The teams were announced yesterday for Saturday’s match between Ireland and Canada in the Autumn Series at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 7:15 pm. Live on Sky Sports 3, RTE TWO. With just under three years to go to the next World Cup this is more like the sort of Ireland team that I want…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 40 New Zealand 29

Ireland (25) 40 TRY: Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo, Robbie Henshaw. CON: Johnny Sexton (2), Joey Carbery. PEN: Johnny Sexton (2), Conor Murray. New Zealand (8) 29 TRY: George Moala, TJ Perenara, Ben Smith, Scott Barrett. CON: Beauden Barrett (3). PEN: Beauden Barrett. This is one of those games that will live long…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Ireland: Teams up for Chicago jolly!

The Ireland and New Zealand teams were announced earlier this evening for Saturday’s jolly in Chicago, the game at Soldier’s field kicking off at 20:00 UK/IRE. Live on BTSports 2.  Ulster’s Rory Best, Jared Payne and Andrew Trimble all start but unfortunately there is no room for Craig Gilroy. I’m also disappointed that Kieran Marmion, Joey Carberry…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Ireland 58 Italy 15

Ireland (25) 58TRY: Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander, Jamie Heaslip (2), Jared Payne, Sean Cronin, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden. CON: Jonathan Sexton (3), Ian Madigan (2). PEN: Jonathan Sexton.Italy (3) 15TRY: David Odiete, Leonardo Sarto. CON: Kelly Haimona. PEN: Edoardo Padovani. Ireland ran in, a record breaking, nine tries against a woeful Italian side to record a 58 – 15…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

The teams for tomorrows Ireland v Italy RBS Six Nations match were announced yesterday. The game kicks off at the Aviva Stadium at 1:30pm with live coverage on ITV/RTE2.  While the U20’s and Women’s sides have shown some progress, in style of play and personnel used, this season the “flag ship” outfit seems to be going backwards…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Ireland sent crashing out by Argentina

Ireland’s road to the World Cup final reached a dramatic end at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, with Argentina running in four tries to crush Irish hearts 43-20. A difficult start for Joe Schmidt’s men resulted in a 17-0 scoreline by the quarter mark with converted tries from Matias Moroni and Juan Imhoff stunning the sea…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Teams up for Ireland v Argentina

The team to face Argentina in this Sunday’s quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium has been named after a week of injury headaches and a farewell to Ireland legend and captain Paul O’Connell. There are just three changes to the side that toppled France last weekend, with O’Connell and Peter O’Mahoney ruled out by injury and…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Ireland push past France for Argentina quarter-final

Ireland put France away 24-9 at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a desired quarter-final with Argentina next weekend. Tries from Rob Kearney and Conor Murray saw the Irish overcome the French in style, after battling with injuries to three of their key players, Johnny Sexton, Paul O’Connell and…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Teams up for Ireland v France

Joe Schmidt has named his starting XV to face France in their Pool D decider at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. Ulster’s Iain Henderson is the surprise omission from the starting line-up as he takes his place on the bench alongside Chris Henry. Jared Payne has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Ireland secure quarter-final place with nervy Italian win

Ireland are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after defeating Italy 16-9 in a close encounter at the Olympic Park on Sunday. Munster’s Keith Earls scored his eighth Rugby World Cup try to become Ireland’s record RWC try scorer, as Leinster’s Johnny Sexton added the extras with the boot, to see the Irish…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes to the side who defeated Romania 44-10 ahead of Ireland’s first real World Cup test against Italy at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. A strong line-up has been named, with Ulster’s Iain Henderson making his second start of the World Cup alongside Ulster and Ireland veterans, Rory Best and…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Ireland secure second bonus point win

Ireland sailed to their second bonus point win of the World Cup by overcoming Romania 44-10 at Wembley on Sunday to go top of Pool D. Ulster’s Tommy Bowe and Munster’s Keith Earls scored twice to combine with tries from Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Ulsterman Chris Henry in a fine performance by Joe Schmidt’s side.…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Teams up for Ireland v Romania

Joe Schmidt has retained only three players from the side that demolished Canada in their opening round of the World Cup. Ulster’s Jared Payne, Munster’s Keith Earls and Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip are the only recognisable faces within the starting line-up to face Romania at Wembley on Sunday. It will be the oldest starting XV in…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC 2015: Ireland open with seven-try victory

Ireland claimed an impressive 50-7 bonus point win in their World Cup opener against Canada in Cardiff on Saturday. Tries from Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Jonathan Sexton, Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney and Jared Payne combined to set the tone for Ireland’s campaign. Joe Schmidt’s men put demons to rest from their tournament warm-up…

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2015-16 Rugby World Cup

RWC2015: Teams up for Ireland v Canada

Teams are up for Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup 2015 fixture, against Canada, which takes place Saturday afternoon at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Kick off 2:30 pm, live on UTV. Ireland have been handed the easiest of groups with a nice progression of fixtures and the final pool game, against France, the only one that should really…