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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: Ireland 26 France 14

Rory Best grabbed a try on what could be his final Six Nations appearance at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland defeated France 26-14 in the penultimate round of the 2019 Six Nations. Despite there being only twelve points between the sides, Ireland were dominant in every facet of the game barring a switch off in […]

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: France 13 Ireland 15

Johnny Sexton saves Ireland’s skin with an 80th minute drop kick from 40 metres to defeat France 15-13 at the Stade de France. Teddy Thomas crossed the line for the only try of the game with ten minutes left, but it wasn’t enough to seal a French victory. Ireland took an early 3-0 lead after […]

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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 Leinster Rugby PRO14 Reworked Posts Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Ulster 30 Leinster 6

Ulster romped to a comfortable 30 – 6 win against a disappointing Leinster side on Saturday afternoon in their penultimate PRO12 match of the regular season.  I’d predicted a comfortable win for Ulster in the preview for this match and that’s exactly how it turned out, though I must say Ulster didn’t have to get out […]

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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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2014-15 Six Nations

RBS 6N: Ireland Survive Super Saturday!

I was thoroughly exhausted by the time the final whistle blew in the final match of the RBS Six Nations Super Saturday. So much nervous energy was expended throughout the seven hour stint as emotions ranged from frustration to elation countless times throughout each game. The first game, Italy v Wales, certainly got the blood boiling […]

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2014-15 Six Nations

RBS 6N: Big Welsh tackle stops Ireland!

Ireland lost out on any chance of collecting a Grand Slam this season following a 23 – 16 defeat to Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having praised Joe Schmidt last week, following the win against England, I have to say that the Irish coach was found wanting this week as his team and tactics […]

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2014-15 Autumn Internationals

Ireland: Are Ulster Answering the Call?

I’d like to start this article by wishing Joe Schmidt a speedy recovery from his operation. Secondly I’d like to add an apology for the lack of Ireland coverage throughout the Autumn Internationals. An increased workload in my day job and a prearranged long, long, weekend away (plus increased recovery time) have been the main culprits! […]

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Summer Tours

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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International Rugby Men Ireland Men

The road to glory: Ireland 9 England 20

Unsurprisingly Ireland’s World Cup build up ended in a whimper as a workmanlike England ground out a comfortable 20 – 9 victory. Ireland showed little imagination, often choosing the wrong option and the pack lacked the intensity at the breakdown of their English counterparts. Ireland suffered a further setback with David Wallace now ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, Shane Jennings has […]

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International Rugby U20 Ireland Men Rugby World Cup

The road to glory: Scotland 10 Ireland 6

These World Cup warm up games are always going to be difficult to gauge, when you have first strings against dirt trackers is a win a win? Do moral victories count for more? One thing is for sure, over the next few weeks the post match PR is going to be more entertaining than most […]