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

Autumn Nations Cup: England 18 Ireland 7

The Nations Cup progressed yesterday afternoon with England producing a dominant performance against Ireland at Twickenham. The lack of atmosphere gave the occasion the feel of a trials match and the teams responded accordingly. England gave their defensive patterns a good work out but Ireland struggled to get their attacking plays into gear, their attritional…

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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 France Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v France

The teams have been announced for “Le Crunch” as Ireland travel to Paris for the final round of the 2019 – 20 Six Nations. They may be seven months behind schedule but the Six Nations has delivered another Super Saturday with three teams going into the final round with a chance of claiming the trophy.…

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2019-20 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Italy Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 50 Italy 17

Ireland overpowered Italy to record a bonus point win and take control of the Six Nations, setting up a Super Saturday finish next weekend in this prolonged competition. Sat 31st Oct RD5 Wales Scotland 14:15 BBC Sport Sat 31st Oct RD5 Italy England 16:45 ITV Sport Sat 31st Oct RD5 France Ireland 20:10 BBC Sport…

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2019-20 Six Nations

Can Ireland Win The Six Nations?

It’s the contest that the vast majority of Irish rugby fans look forward to the most each and every year and the one that we have the most pride in our nation’s performances. Three titles since 2014 and not a wooden spoon in sight since 1998, it’s fair to say that we’re finally playing to…

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2018-19 Six Nations

Men Six Nations: Italy 16 Ireland 26

An underfire Ireland side squeezed out Italy 26-16 at a sunny Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon, helped by Jacob Stockdale scoring his 14th international try in 17 tests. Ireland turned the screw early on and were a try up after ten minutes. The pack put the ball through plenty of phases, tiring out the…

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2018-19 Six Nations

Men Six Nations: Scotland 13 Ireland 22

Ireland  may not have bounced back with aplomb in their victory over Scotland this afternoon but they grabbed the all important win which was crucial after last week’s defeat. Jacob Stockdale did what he does best and scored Ireland’s second try while Conor Murray and Keith Earls scored the other two. Scotland were the better…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 28 Scotland 8

Ireland secure the Six Nations title with a bonus point 28-8 victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium earlier today. Once again Jacob Stockdale stole the show with a brace of tries and shows why he is the inform winger in Ireland. Conor Murray and Sean Cronin rounded off the score. Ireland started positively and…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 56-19 Italy

Rory Best crossed and Jacob Stockdale scored twice as Ireland run eight tries past a shambolic Italy side in round two of the 2018 Natwest Six Nations. Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, Bundee Aki and Keith Earls were the other try scorers as Ireland move to the stop of the table, ahead of England on points…

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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 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 Summer Tours

Ireland: South Africa 19 Ireland 13

South Africa (13) 19 TRY: JP Pietersen. CON: Elton Jantjies. PEN: Elton Jantjies (3), Ruan Combrinck. Ireland (10) 13 TRY: Luke Marshall. CON: Paddy Jackson. PEN: Paddy Jackson (2). Ireland failed in their bid to win their first test series in South Africa, going down 19 – 13 in the final decider in Port Elizabeth on…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for Final South African Test

The teams for Saturdays Final Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth were announced earlier today.  Unfortunately Jared Payne has joined Robbie Henshaw on the injury list so there are two changes to the team that won the first test with Tiernan O’Halloran coming in for Payne and Stuart Olding replacing Henshaw. The only other change…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: South Africa 32 Ireland 26

South Africa (3) 32TRY: Ruan Combrinck, Warren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Damian de Allende. CON: Elton Jantjies (3) PEN: Elton Jantjies (2)Ireland (19) 26TRY: Devin Toner, Jamie Heaslip. CON: Paddy Jackson (2) PEN: Paddy Jackson (4). What a difference a week makes, no scratch that, what a difference forty minutes makes in International rugby. Ireland had…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for South African Test 2

The teams were announced yesterday for the Second Test between South Africa and Ireland which takes place  on Saturday in Johannesburg. Kick off 4:00pm UK/IRE, live on Sky Sports.  I’m pleased to see that Joe Schmidt has continued to mix things up with ten changes to the squad that featured in the First Test. Stuart Olding,…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Historic Win in South Africa.

South Africa (13) 20TRY: Lwazi Mvovo, Pieter-Steph Du Toit. CON: Elton Jantjies (2) PEN: Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies.Ireland (13) 26TRY: Jared Payne, Conor Murray. CON: Paddy Jackson (2) PEN: Paddy Jackson (3). DG: Paddy Jackson. Wow – what a weekend for Irish Rugby. Had to follow this match by text as we made our way back from…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for South African Test

The teams for the opening test of Ireland’s South African tour were announced earlier this afternoon, and it’s a selection that has sparked a lot of interest – probably for the right reasons.  Joe Schmid’s hand has been somewhat forced, through late withdrawals and probable exhaustion of some of the Leinster and Connacht contingent, but,…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Ireland 35 Scotland 25

Ireland: (21) 35 TRY: CJ Stander, Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Devin Toner. CON: Jonathan Sexton (3). PEN: Jonathan Sexton (3). Scotland: (13) 25 TRY: Stuart Hogg, Richie Gray, Alex Dunbar, CON: Greg Laidlaw (2) PEN: Greig Laidlaw (2). Ireland did enough to keep their noses in front in this feisty fixture at the Aviva Stadium…