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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup Georgia Men International Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland 23 Georgia 10

Ireland scrapped to a 23 – 10 win against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Billy Burns and Hugo Keenan both crossed, either side of a try from Georgia’s centre Giorgi Kveseladze, in an upbeat first half. However, the visitors dug in in the second half and Ireland…

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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 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 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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2014-15 Ireland U20

RBS Under 20 6N: Ireland lose three on the bounce!

A campaign that started off so promisingly, with comprehensive victories over Italy and France, ended miserably with three defeats on the trot, including this 17 – 10 loss to their Scottish counterparts at Netherdale on Friday night. The defeats by all the home nations sees Ireland finish in 5th place, a real disappointment given their…

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2014-15 Ireland U20

RBS Under 20 6N: Ireland woes continue against Welsh!

Ireland U20’s showed little spark in this match against their Welsh counterparts surrendering somewhat meekly 19 – 12 at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, on Friday night. I’d complained in my previous U20’s write up that there should be more of Ulster’s U20 Inter-provincial winning players in this squad and having watched this game I’ve no reason to…

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2014-15 Ireland U20

RBS Under 20 6N: Ireland stumble against England.

Ireland U20’s Six Nations campaign hit the buffers against England on Friday night at Donnybrook with a 14 – 19 defeat. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to catch any of the games yet but I have been following their, up to now, serene progress as they recorded a 47 – 15 win against Italy away and…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2014: Ireland thumped by England!

See what happens when I build this team up – they go and get walloped! Unfortunately a big, physical and pacey English side were just too much for Ireland at this stage of the competition. England handed it to Ireland in some style running in four converted tries and kicking two penalties in a one-sided first…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2014: Our Frankie Returns for England Semi Final

I didn’t give this group of youngsters much chance at the beginning of the tournament. I’m not a big fan of these one sided provincial selections in age grade teams and, to be honest, they didn’t show much fight in the RBS U20 Six Nations tournament. However, the team, featuring Ulster’s Frankie Taggart, battled remarkably effectively…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship

JWC2014: Ireland secure semi-final spot with win against Fiji

IRELAND U20’s secured a first ever top four finish with a 38 -0 win against Fiji in the 2014 Junior World Championship in New Zealand. We’d predicted either a top four or a bottom four finish for the Irish, so tight was this group, and they left themselves with a lot of work to do after…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2014: Surprise win for Ireland against Wales.

Well, it was certainly a surprise for me that Ireland U20’s managed to turn form around and record a rather comfortable 35 – 21 win against their Welsh counterparts this morning in New Zealand. Ireland raced into a 14 point lead with a fourth minute try from Rory Burke and an 11th minute try from…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2014: Wales up next for Ireland U20’s

Belfast Harlequins’ Frankie Taggart continues his lonesome stand for the Ulster men having hung on to his starting spot for Ireland U20’s match against Wales in the 2014 Junior World Championship in New Zealand  tomorrow morning. KO 6:25am UK/IRE. Due to me having problems getting TG4’s and SKY’s coverage on Monday morning I didn’t manage to see…

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2013-14 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC2014: Ireland U20’s face France in opener.

The 2014 JWC kicks off on Monday morning – are we predicting an unprecedented top four finish for Ireland in the 2014 JWC? You’ll just have to read this to find out … #SUFTUM

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2013-14 Ireland U20

U20 Six Nations: France 23 Ireland 13

France Under 20’s wrapped up their first ever Six Nations Championship with a hard fought win against Ireland U20’s in Tarbes on Friday night. A first half penalty from Conor McKeon saw Ireland go into the break trailing 10 – 3 but they managed to pull level, at 13 – 13, on the 71st minute,…

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2013-14 Ireland U20

U20 Six Nations: Ireland 18 Italy 0.

Only two Ulster players in the Ireland squad that played Italy at Dubarry Park on Friday night so the report will be fairly short! Queens’ David Busby started at full back but went off after 13 minutes for a head injury and Quins’ Frankie Taggart came on at 6 with 17 minutes to go. The…

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2013-14 Ireland U20

U20 Six Nations: England 33 Ireland 9

It’s going to be a long old morning with four reports to write and little Irish success, well none actually, against our friends across the water! First up the U20’s who went down 33 – 9 to England U20’s at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon. Ireland’s scores came from the boot of out half Ross…

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2013-14 Ireland U20

Six Nations: Under 20’s Downed in Dubarry!

Ireland U20’s were downed in Dubarry Park on Friday night losing 0- 16 to their Welsh counterparts in wet and windy conditions. Quite simply the Welsh dealt with the conditions better with their out half, Ethan Davies, managing to keep the scoreboard ticking over with some extraordinary kicks. There is a comprehensive report on the…

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2013-14 Ireland U20

Under 20: Ireland 34 Scotland 7

Apologies to the Under 20 squad but this one flew somewhat under the radar on Friday night given that there are only two Ulster players in largely Leinster based squad this season. Queen’s University’s David Busby made the match day squad for the Scotland opener but Belfast Harlequins’ Frankie Taggart will have to wait till…