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Six Nations 2015 – The Old Enemy

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There is no sweeter victory for an Irish rugby team than one sealed over England; 800 years and all that. Geoghegan, Horgan, Gaillimh, McLaughlin – through the years this fixture has had a tendency to turn players into legends of the game. It barely needs to be discussed but a litany of (sporting) history explains why. Continue reading

Rabo – Last Roll Of The Dice For At Least One Province

MUN_552655kAnd so we come to a close, the regular league season done with Leinster on top and Glasgow at their heels. You could say it’s all becoming a bit repetitive, or you could say it simply is a representation of how far beyond the rest of the league Munster, Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow and (sometimes) Ospreys are year in year out. The Rabo will change dramatically next season, the new importance of qualification fresh in minds from day one, but for now, like its grown up European counterpart, we will see out the last of the current incarnation and see what lies ahead this weekend. Continue reading

Three Uncapped Players In Ireland Squad For Guinness Series

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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

Lions Line Up For One Final “Practice”

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The Lions have a win in the bag, and one more midweek game to test their strengths. It’s the position they wanted to be in since preparation started for this tour. The news of Paul O’Connell suffering an arm fracture during Saturday’s test (and playing on I might add) will be deflating for sure, but the harsh world of rugby dictates that one players misfortune, cruelly, becomes another’s chance to stand out for selection.

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O`Gara Pulls Victory from Jaws of Defeat

A late Ronan O`Gara drop goal sealed a 13-11 win for an injury ravaged Ireland side against Italy in Rome.

The Munster man found the space in the final minute to convert the drop goal, much to the relief of manager Declan Kidney as his unconvincing side seemed destined for a first ever defeat at the hands of Italy in the six nations.

Ireland , who were missing a host of top names , got off to a sluggish start committing error after error. Their opening half performance left a lot to be desired, as they trailed the Italians 6-3 at the break, courtesy of two Mirco Bergamasco penalties to one by Leinster`s Jonathan Sexton.

Immediately after the break Ireland upped their game, with captain Brian O`Driscoll bagging a try just minutes after the restart, which was followed by a Sexton conversion. His conversion drained the confidence from the Italians as a host of handling errors crept their way into the game.

The Italians however were not the only side guilty of bad handling, with Gordon D`Arcy committing his third knock on of the match, with the try line only metres away.     

However, a sin-binning for Denis Leamy late in the second half, was followed by an Italian try courtesy of Luke McLean.Crucialy Bergamasco was unable to put the conversion between the posts, something his side would come to regret. 

O`Gara was sprung from the bench in the second half and provided the winning kick, once again outlining how big of an influence he can be to any Irish team.

After the match a deflated O`Driscoll was relieved at his side getting the win. “They nearly made us pay for our mistakes but we came back and showed just enough charachter. That was sub standard and we have got to expect a lot more from ourselves.

“Thankfully we got the win and that`s the only thing we can take from this performance”, said O`Driscoll , as his thoughts switch to next Sunday`s Dublin date against the French.

Ireland:Luke Fitzgerald,Fergus McFadden,Brian O`Driscoll,Gordon D`Arcy,Keith Earls,Jonathan Sexton,Tomas O`Leary,Cian Healy,Rory Best,Mike Ross,Donncha O`Callaghan,Paul O`Connell,Denis Leamy,David Wallace,Sean O`Brien. 

Replacements:Ronan O`Gara for Sexton,Leo Cullen for Paul O`Connell ,Sean Cronin for Rory Best ,Paddy Wallace for Gordon D`Arcy,Tom Court for Cian Healy,Eoin Reddan for Tomas O`Leary