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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 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 Ireland Men Six Nations Wales

Men Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

After a hard fought but not entirely convincing win in round one of the Six Nations against Scotland, Andy Farrell has made two changes to the starting team to take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The Ulster contingent retain their respective jerseys; Rob Herring and Iain Henderson start in the pack, while Jacob Stockdale…

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: New Zealand 46 Ireland 14

Another World Cup and another quarter final exit for Ireland. New Zealand followed Argentina’s lead by destroying Ireland’s defence in what was a very difficult final game for Rory Best and Joe Schmidt. The intensity of the Kiwi defence from the start set the tone for the match and Ireland coughed up 18 turnovers with…

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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 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 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…

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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: France 10 Ireland 9

France (3) 10 TRY: Maxime Médard. CON: Jules Plisson. PEN: Jules Plisson. Ireland (9) 9 PEN: Sexton (3).  Ireland are still without a win in this years Six Nations Championship after going down 10 – 9 in a dull match against France at Stade de France on Saturday afternoon. There was an inevitability about the 71st minute try…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for France v Ireland

The teams were announced yesterday for Ireland’s Six Nation’s match against France which takes place Saturday afternoon at Stade de France. Kick off 14:25, live on BBC. The return of Rob  Kearney and and Sean O’Brien, from hamstring injuries, leaves us with the team that most people predicted but not necessarily the one that most…

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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…

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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…