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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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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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2013-14 Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: France 20 Ireland 22

So Brian O’Driscoll got the send off he thoroughly deserved, probably made all the sweeter by stealing the championship out from under the nose of an expectant England! A fitting end for one of the games true legends who has straddled the world stage with great skill and dignity. It was also pleasing that this…

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2013-14 Ireland Men Six Nations

Ireland: One last Mission Impossible for Brian O?

For some reason I have the theme tune to Mission Impossible playing in my head as I write this one. And here comes the dulcet Kiwi tones of Joe Schmidt, “Your mission Brian, should you choose to accept it, is to beat to France in Paris! This team will self destruct in 80 minutes!” The…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 46 Italy 7

Ireland romped to a 47 – 6 win against Italy yesterday afternoon at the Aviva Stadium in a game dominated by Brian O’Driscoll making his last appearance for Ireland on home turf. The “Great One” set up two tries for Jonny Sexton and one for Andrew Trimble but Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Fergus McFadden and Jack…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Ireland: Henderson starts for Ireland.

There will be four Ulster players starting for Ireland in their clash against Italy tomorrow afternoon at the Aviva Stadium. (KO 2:30pm) Young Iain Henderson gets his first start in the Six Nations (and it’s about time too) when he runs out alongside fellow Ulster players Chris Henry, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble. Paddy Jackson…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: England 13 Ireland 10

And so we move on to match two in my Sunday morning marathon of woe with Ireland men losing to England at dear old Twickers by 13 – 10. Following the impressive victory against Wales Joe Schmidt goes from “hero” to “slightly less impressive” after he was out-thought and the team where out-fought in this…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Ireland: Teams up for England clash!

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown with England at Twickenham (kick-off 4pm). Ulster’s Rory Best will become the provinces most capped player when he takes the field overtaking “Mr Ulster” himself, David Humphreys. Best is joined, once again, in the starting line up by Andrew…

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2013-14 Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 26 Wales 3

After all the hype this ended up a pretty much one sided affair as Ireland cruised to a 26 –  3 win against their Welsh counterparts at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Ireland’s tries came from Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson. Jackson converted his own try to add to a conversion and four penalties…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Teams Up For Ireland v Wales

Two Ulster players edged out following the victory against Scotland and I suspect that another two, Trimble and Henry will be found surplus to requirements after the match against Wales! The predictability of the Ireland team selections really does leave me completely uninspired as the old tried and tested combinations are rolled out once again.…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 28 Scotland 6

Ireland eventually pulled clear for a comfortable 28 – 6 win against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Tries came from Andrew Trimble, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney with Jonny Sexton converting two and adding three penalties. The home side suffered a pre-match setback with the withdrawal of talisman Paul O’Connell but in…

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2013-14 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations

Ireland: Six Ulster players in match-day squad for Scotland opener.

Rory Best, Chris Henry, Luke Marshall and Andrew Trimble will start for Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nation’s match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Paddy Jackson and Dan Tuohy will start from the bench. I’d read with some scepticism earlier this morning about an increased Ulster representations in the Ireland side and prepared myself for…

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2013-14 Ireland Wolfhounds

Ireland: England Saxons 8 Ireland Wolfhounds 14

A gritty defensive display from the Wolfhounds was enough to secure an 8 – 14 win against England Saxons at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The conditions and the thrown together nature of the teams for these matches ensured it was never going to be a classic but Ireland’s pinching of two soft tries by Leinster…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

Ireland U20 Squad for JWC 2011

The Irish U20 World Cup Squad has slipped out over on the IRB Junior World Cup Site. The 26 man squad features 11 Leinster players, 7 Ulster, 3 Connacht, 3 Munster and 2 Exiles from what we can work out, though Ulster based Finlay Bealham could count as one more  towards Ulster’s representation! However Ulster should provide…

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Ireland U20’s for England: And then there was one!

The Ireland Under-20 team, sponsored by PwC, has been named for the final game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship against England at Dubarry Park (kick-off 7.45pm). The most interesting thing about the squad announcement is that it states that Patrick Jackson, Luke Marshall and winger Craig Gilroy, who scored a superb try against Wales,…

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Ireland U20

Under Milk Wood Part 1: Wales U20 26 Ireland U20 26

A last minute try from David Doyle helped Ireland snatch a draw in this enjoyable romp against Wales, however it was a game that Ireland’s youngsters should have had wrapped up in the first half. Full report on IRFU site here. [suffusion-widgets id=’1′] Ireland dominated three quarters of this game but mistakes kept the hosts…

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Ireland U20

Ireland U20 team for Wales.

The Ireland Under 20 team, to face Wales Under 20’s on Friday night at Parc-y-Scarlets, KO 19:10, has been announced. Head coach Mike Ruddock welcomes back centre Luke Marshall and winger Craig Gilroy from Magners League duty for Ulster. [suffusion-widgets id=’1′] Fresh from scoring his first senior try for Ulster, Marshall will reform his centre…

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Ireland U20

Braveheart Part 1: Scotland U20 0 Ireland U 20 15

Didn’t get any coverage of this one at all but here is the SRFU report of the U20’s match in far off Inverness. Ulster men Niall Annett and Patrick Jackson were the only scorers in a match where Ireland were also awarded a penalty try. IMPROVEMENTS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOUNG SCOTS Friday, 25 February 2011…

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Ireland U20

Ireland U20’s Team for Scotland

Ireland U-20 Coach Mike Ruddock has made several changes to the squad that played against France U-20s in Dubarry Park for the game against Scotland U-20s on Friday night. Just like the Mens and the Women’s sides it appears that the Ulster contingent is dwindling. However in the case of the Under 20’s we can…

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Ireland U20

The Italian Job Part 1: Italy U20 9 Ieland U20 28

Ireland U20’s got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start with a hard fought win over Italy in Parma. Two second half tries by Dungannon’s Craig Gilroy put a gloss on the final score as the Ireland side struggled for large periods of the game. The first half was a scrappy affair with…

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Ireland U20

Seven Ulster Players in Ireland U20 Team

The Under-20 team will be defending their 2010 Six Nations Championship title and five players from last year’s squad have been named in the team to face Italy at Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma. KO 6.00PM Irish Time. Winger Andrew Conway makes a return to the side from last season along with Jordi Murphy and…

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Ireland U20

Ireland U20’s v Italy

We’re pleased to see that three of our four to follow have made their way through the Ulster U20’s into the Ireland set up for this afternoons match against Italy at Donnybrooke. KO 2:30. Paddy Jackson, Craig Gilroy and Iain Henderson all start alongside fellow Ulster players Andrew Warrick at prop and the talented Luke…

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2009-10 International Rugby U20

JWC: Ireland U20’s 53 Scotland U20’s 23

Monday 21st June, Parana, Argentina. Ireland U20’s secured a 9th Place finish in a seven try romp against the Scots. It marks the end of a disappointing competition for the Irish who went out to Argentina with high hopes following their impressive displays in the 6 Nations. Although there were plenty of good individual performances…