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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 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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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 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…