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Archive for Irish Rugby

Williams sticks by unlucky Scots

Matt Williams has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations visit by Ireland, stating that they were “robbed blind” losing 16-9 to France (couldn’t agree with him more!!) Danielli and White had been injury doubts, but will now face Ireland at Murrayfield. “This is justified reward for the positive effort from all who were involved in Paris. “We said before the France game that a brave loss was not acceptable and the players haven’t accepted it – there was a lot of emotion in the changing room after the match. “Those feelings are combined with the fact that we can mix it with the best teams in the world. But, at the end of the day, we didn’t… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 11th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

O’Driscoll out of Scotland game

O’Driscoll was orginally name in the line-up against Scotland, but has failed to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up against Italy at the weekend. His replacement will be named after training on Friday morning. Gordon D’Arcy is also struggling with a hamstring injury and will take a fitness test on Friday. Replacements? Kevin Maggs is the most obvious replacement at centre, and Shane Horgan could also be moved from wing. Wing Tommy Bowe (Ulster) could also be asked to travel with the squad to Scotland as a precautionary measure. The only other change to the Ireland side sees Wasps flanker Johnny O’Connor replacing Denis Leamy for safest motorcycle helmet. O’Connor will be winning his third cap after making… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 11th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

Italy 17-28 Ireland

O’Driscoll magic guides Ireland to a hard earned victory against Italy, with classic outside breaks from the Ireland captain setting up tries for Geordan Murphy and Peter Stringer. Italy led 9-8 early in the second half but Stringer’s try gave Ireland a lead they never lost The hosts cut the gap to 18-12 with 10 minutes left and nearly scored through Ludovico Nitoglia, but Denis Hickie’s try ensured an Irish victory. Italy cam out with a flying start and quickly took a penalty lead after seven minutes through Luciano Orquera. The Italians were pounding the Irish defence and, for the first quarter, the Irish pack struggled to secure any ball for their backs. Just before the half-hour mark, O’Driscoll created… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 6th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

Ireland Resume ‘A’ Games

Ireland are set to resume ‘A’ internationals, after their last game was in 2003 – Eddie O’Sullivan was keen to have another platform for player development and hopeful international players. The Six Natons ‘A’ series was discontinued last season when Scotland and Wales pulled out due to financial constraints. Their first game will be against France A at Donnybrook on 11th March.

by Keiron on November 30th, 2004 | Irish Rugby | No Comments » |

Ireland 21-19 Argentina

An injury time drop goal by O’Gara stole victory for Ireland at Lansdowne. O’Gara kicked all of Ireland’s points, with two dropped goals and five penalties. Playing into a strong wind and rain, Ireland came second best in tight situations. O’Gara’s boot kept them in touch rather than any running plays. Ireland showed great composure to get themselves into a position to allow O’Gara to thump over a massive drop goal to complete a tremendous, if fortuitous, comeback. Ireland: G Dempsey; G Murphy, B O’Driscoll (capt), S Horgan, D Hickie; R O’Gara, P Stringer; R Corrigan, S Byrne, J Hayes, M O’Kelly, P O’Connell, S Easterby, J O’Connor, A Foley. Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan or E Byrne, D O’Callaghan,… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 27th, 2004 | Irish Rugby | No Comments » |

Ireland 19-3 Italy

Ireland maintained their challenge for the RBS Six Nations title with a comfortable victory over Italy. Both sides struggled in the very windy conditions but Ireland’s superior class saw them home. They ran in three tries through Malcolm O’Kelly, Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan, while Italy’s only points came from a Roland de Marigny penalty. Ireland could still win the title, but they have a much worse points difference than England or France. O’Driscoll’s try was his 24th for Ireland and saw him reclaim the Irish try-scoring record from Denis Hickie. The match started in unusual fashion as Italy deliberately failed to send the kick-off the required 10 yards. That gave Ireland, who had the wind at their backs in… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 20th, 2004 | Irish Rugby, Six Nations | No Comments » |

England 13-19 Ireland

England suffered their first home loss since 1999 as Ireland stunned the world champions at Twickenham. The home side scored the only try of the first half through Matt Dawson but four penalties from Ronan O’Gara gave Ireland a 12-10 lead at the break. Full-back Girvan Dempsey crossed in the corner to put Ireland further in front although Paul Grayson kept England in the match with a 66th-minute penalty. England pressurised late on but could not come back despite a frantic finish. The tension of the occasion was felt by both sides as they walked out at Twickenham, and the opening exchanges were nervy and scrappy. England, playing their first competitive game at home since winning the World Cup, were… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 6th, 2004 | General, Irish Rugby, Six Nations | No Comments » |