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Three Uncapped Players In Ireland Squad For Guinness Series

The Ireland coaching staff have announced a squad of 34 players for the forthcoming GUINNESS Series against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in November.

The make-up of the squad is consistent with recent years. The sole exile included is British & Irish Lions outhalf Jonathan Sexton.

There are three uncapped players included in the squad – David Kearney, who was on the bench for Ireland back in 2012, is included alongside Jack McGrath and James Coughlan. Continue reading

Nine Try Ireland Thrash Russia

Keith Earls bagged two tries as Ireland ran riot over Russia, bagging ten tries in a resounding 62-12 win at the Rugby World Cup.

DeclanKidney chose to field a largely second string team with only five players surviving from the titanic win over Australia last week yet nobody looked out of place and some have now given the Ireland manager a selection headache for the final group game against Italy.

 Ireland secured a bonus point with three tries in three minutes at the end of the second half against a Russian team playing its third game in 11 days.

Munster man Earls crossed for his second try eight minutes into the second half to help ensure Ireland would go into their final Pool C game against Italy next weekend with three wins from three games.

Russia, who have now lost all three matches on their World Cup debut, battled manfully to stem the green tide and got reward for their efforts with second-half tries from full-back Vasily Artemyev and winger Denis Simplikevich.

Man-of-the-match Ronan O’Gara kicked a penalty and six conversions to finish with 15 points, missing just one shot at goal, and made good use of the space given to him by Russia. His performance has again outlined his importance to the Irish cause.

Sean O’Brien made an early impression with robust carries while Donnacha Ryan hit the line at pace, but the good work was undone when Buckley spilt the ball close to the line.

Russia had strayed offside, resulting in three points for O’Gara, and their situation deteriorated further when fly-half Konstantin Rachkov was sin-binned for slapping the ball forward.

The first try arrived in the 10th minute with Fergus McFadden touching down, a sign of what was to come from the boys in green.

It was already looking grim for Russia, who conceded again just three minutes later when a series of carries ended with O’Brien intervening and taking a try for himself.

Russia burst into life in the 22nd minute, winning a turnover and then moving into Ireland’s 22 through runs by centre Andrey Kuzin and number eight Victor Gresev.

Ireland’s early assault had ground to a halt thanks to a mixture of Russian doggedness and their own lack of accuracy, exemplified by McFadden slinging a pass into touch.

But as the half neared its conclusion, they found another gear, scoring three tries in four minutes.

Scrum-half Boss and Earls went over to restore parity.

With the try-scoring bonus point already secure, Ireland ran in a fifth for good measure with Trimble forging ahead and diving on the ball.

Just six minutes of the second half had elapsed when Ireland scored their sixth try, Earls easily breaking through a tackle by Artem Fatakhov to gallop over.

It was not all one-way traffic, however, with alert scrum-half Alexander Yanyushkin causing confusion in the Irish defence until Artemyev arrived to take the ball and score under the posts with Rachkov converting.

The Russians still looked dangerous when they had the ball in hand, a fact highlighted when Simplikevich rode two tackles to touch down in the corner.

Some loose passing – most notably from O’Gara – saw play switch from end to end until quick hands from Jamie Heaslip sent Kearney over.

Heaslip was becoming increasingly influential, but it was substitute Jennings who scored next when he sauntered through the heart of the Russian backline over from close range.

Ireland struck one final blow when Buckley forced his way onto the scoresheet.


Ireland – Tries: Fergus McFadden, Sean O’Brien, Isaac Boss, Keith Earls (2), Andrew Trimble, Rob Kearney, Shane Jennings, Tony Buckley. Penalty: Ronan O’Gara. Conversions: O’Gara (6), Jonathan Sexton.

Russia – Tries: Vasily Artemyev, Denis Simplikevich. Conversion: Konstantin Rachkov.