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Summer Internationals – Schmidt Looks To Future Stars

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We’ve wanted it for a long time now, we’ve got it in dribs and drabs over the years on tours to the United States and such, but finally tomorrow evening our time, a fairly experimental Irish rugby team will come up against a closer to top tier nation in the first of a two game summer series.  Exciting times indeed, let’s have a look at what Joe Schmidt has put together for us
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Autumn Internationals – Argentina Sneak Italy Whilst Scotland Let It All Slip

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Much like Ireland last week, Scotland allowed Australia an early lead on Saturday that should not have happened, yet they still stayed in the game up until the break. Scotland, through Laidlaw, found themselves trailing by only a point at half time and having had no response to South Africa last week looked like a team rejuvenated. Australia were of course missing five players to match bans over their antics in Dublin and the Scots should have been able to make that count. Alas, the Aussies pressed on.

In the opening ten minutes of the second half Australia secured the try that would make a crucial difference to the outcome. With the visitors reduced to 14 shortly after however, Scotland should have been able to at least press on through the boot, but Australia to their credit held firm.

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Autumn Internationals – Schmidt Era Stutters Drastically

O'Connell's look of dejection sums things up adequately

O’Connell’s look of dejection sums things up adequately

France 38 – 18 Tonga

France started this game in brilliant fashion when Guitoune was setup with a superb cross field kick that gave them the early lead. Morgan Parra was on form from the boot, slotting three successive penalties despite missing the early conversion. France didn’t have it all their own way however as Tonga were creating try scoring chances that really should have been converted. Apikotoa slotted over two penalties to give them some respectability on the scoreboard.  Continue reading