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Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for Ireland v Georgia.

The teams are up for the final Pool A match in the Nations Cup featuring Ireland and Georgia. The match, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, kicks off a 14:00 on Sunday evening, 29th November and will be shown live on C4 and Amazon Prime. The Ireland side features Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Billy Burns,…

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

Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for England v Ireland.

The second round of the Autumn Nations Cup takes place this weekend after a fairly sedate start last week. You can catch up with the fixtures, results and our associated coverage here and there are replays of each game available on Amazon Prime. After a fairly low key start last week, with only the Scotland…

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

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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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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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 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 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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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: 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…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

Teams were announced this afternoon for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, kick off 17:00.  Joe Schmidt has made only one change to the starting line up with Tommy O’Donnell returning from injury to replace Josh van der Flyer. Richard Strauss replaces Sean Cronin on the bench which also…

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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 Six Nations

RBS6N: England 21 Ireland 10

England (6) 21TRY: Anthony Watson, Mike Brown. CON: Owen Farrell. PEN: Owen Farrell (3)Ireland (3) 10TRY: Conor Murray. CON: Johnny Sexton. PEN: Johnny Sexton. It was no big surprise but still a huge disappointment that Ireland went down by 21 – 10 in this one. The Irish scores came from a Conor Murray try and…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for England v Ireland.

A frisson of excitement has been generated with three new caps announced by Ireland for this all important match against England at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. Kick off 4:50, live on ITV.  The inclusion of Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has been the main talking point on social media but in all likelihood his role in this…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Ireland 16 Wales 16

Ireland (13) 16 TRY: Conor Murray. CON: Johnny Sexton. PEN: Johnny Sexton (3) Wales (10) 16 TRY: Taulupe Falateu. CON: Rhys Priestland. PEN: Rhys Priestland (3) Ireland and Wales battled to a draw at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the final Six Nations match of the weekend. Ireland’s scores came from Conor Murray who…

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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…