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Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

It’s a crazy old world at the minute and the unique circumstances, we find ourselves in, have seen the formation of the Autumn Nations Cup as an extension of the, only just completed, Six Nations tournament. In a mad scramble to address the huge deficits in the coffers of the Six Nations teams they have…

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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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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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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Ireland v Australia Take 2.

This really is a cut throat competition. Two games ago Ireland were looking a good bet for the final four, however a narrow defeat to the All Blacks (31 – 26) saw them lose out on the top four on points difference and an 8- 9 defeat by hosts France, with the Pups profligate with…

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship

JWC2013: Scholes, Taylor, Donnan and Joyce all start against France.

The Ireland Under-20 team to face France in the 5th-8th place play-off at the IRB Junior World Championship has been named. Mike Ruddock has ringed in five changes for the clash, with five adjustments to the side that valiantly fought against the All Blacks in a 31-26 deficit during the final Irish game of the…

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Ireland 26 New Zealand 31

Report and pictures from Megan Joyce on Ireland U20’s narrow defeat to New Zealand in the Junior World Championship last night. [more]

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Four Ulster Players in Squad for All Black Encounter

The side to face the might of New Zealand in the final round of the group stages of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes on Thursday has been finalised. All four of the Ulster contingent involved in the Irish squad have been named in the starting fifteen. Star man Rory Scholes retains his shirt…

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Ireland 46 Fiji 3

Megan Joyce in France. Ireland Under-20 sailed to a 46-3 bonus point victory against a robust Fijian outfit in the second round of the IRB Junior World Championship on Sunday evening in Vannes. Ulster’s talisman Rory Scholes crossed the white wash for two touchdowns with Malone’s Chris Taylor barging over to combine with Darren Sweetnam’s…

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Ulster’s Joyce to captain U20’s against Fiji.

Megan Joyce looks at the Ireland U20’s side ahead of their Junior World Championship clash against a physical Fiji tomorrow afternoon. Ulster’s Scholes and Taylor start alongside Joyce with Donnan on the bench. [more]

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Ireland 19 Australia 15

Megan Joyce, our “Mademoiselle in France” brings us up to date with report and pictures of Ireland U20’s stunning win against Australia in the opening round of JWC2013 [more]

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2012-13 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2013: Wholesale changes to U20 squad for Australia opener.

The Ireland Under-20 team has been named for their first game of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship against Australia in Vannes on Wednesday (kick-off 6.45pm local time/5.45pm Irish time). It looks like we were a touch early announcing the squad as there are now only four Ulster men involved with three, Rory Scholes, John…

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Ireland U20

Under 20: Scotland 21 Ireland 20

It was a case of what goes around comes around as Ireland’s Under 20’s, who stole the game against England on their last outing, found the tables turned on them by the Scottish side! However with many of the U20 squad called up for club duties (boo) it was a much understrength side that took…

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Ireland U20

Under 20: Ireland 16 England 15

Ireland Under-20 beat their English counterparts 16-15 in a nail biting finish on Friday evening at a spirited Dubarry Park in Athlone. Ulster’s very own Rory Scholes made a dart for the corner in the closing minutes with two penalties and a match winning conversion from the boot of Tom Daly snatching victory from the…

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Ireland U20

Under 20: Wales 17 Ireland 15.

I don’t know if Ireland’s youngsters should be relieved or disappointed with this result. Wales dominated territory and possession to such an extent in the opening exchanges that it looked as though they would run away with it, but, while the Welsh squandered chance after chance, the Irish finished with impressive efficiency. The home side dominated the first…

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Ireland U20

Under 20: Team confirmed for Wales

The Ireland Under-20 team has been named by head coach Mike Ruddock for this Friday’s opening game in the RBS Under-20 6 Nations Championship against Wales in Colwyn Bay. Mike Ruddock has selected a new-look side with just two players from last year’s squad included in the starting line-up – full-back Stuart Olding and scrum…

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Ireland U20

Under 20: Ireland Squad for Six Nations.

Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock has announced a provisional 23-man squad for this Friday’s RBS Under-20 6 Nations Championship opener away to Wales. Ruddock’s inclusion of a strong Ulster contingent for the Welsh encounter is one which cannot be disputed, with the Ulster Under-20 squad conquering the interprovincial Grand Slam this season. The selection…

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2011-12 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2012: Ireland U20 v Italy U20

Ireland U20’s ended the 2012 JWC Pool Stages as the No 6 seeds thanks to a convincing bonus point win over Italy. They now go on to play England again on Sunday 17th June KO 17:00 in the play–offs for 5th place. [more]