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Uninspired Ireland Falling Behind The Rest

The Ireland side named to face Japan on Saturday could hardly be described as experimental. While other sides have clearly got one eye on the 2023 World Cup, Ireland coach Andy Farrell has opted for experience. It is easy to forget that Farrell was under severe pressure prior to the away win over Scotland in the 2021 Six Nations and, …


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Ireland Beaten By Spain In First RWC 2021 Qualifier

Spain 8-7 Ireland Ireland suffered a one-point defeat to a physically imposing Spain side in what was a poor start to their Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifier campaign on Monday evening. Adam Griggs’ side made textbook errors throughout the match as the Women’s Six Nations side failed to assert their dominance over the 2019-20 Women’s Rugby Europe champions. Spain …


Six Nations 2021: Inconsistent Ireland Survive Late Scotland Onslaught

Scotland 24-27 Ireland Ireland squeezed past Scotland to win the Centenary Quaich after a tight affair at BT Murrayfield this afternoon courtesy of a late Johnny Sexton penalty. The men in green started strong with their dominant lineout once again being their best asset. A James Ryan steal led to a fortunate try for Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw after Sexton’s had …

Was Ireland’s Lineout Ever The Problem?

Ireland’s lineout has been one of the positive factors in a disappointing start to the 2021 Six Nations campaign for Andy Farrell’s men. Those involved have looked comfortable with each other with the plays they have been using. Peter O’Donnell from The Lineout Lab thinks that Ireland’s set piece work has been impressive considering the injuries they have suffered. “I …

Six Nations 2021: France End Flawed Ireland’s Six Nations Hopes

Ireland 13-15 France Ireland’s hopes for silverware in 2021 were brought to an end after a strong France side came away with victory in Dublin. The boys in green started as they meant to go on with another impressive lineout steal. A ping-pong game occurred between both sides as they looked to assert dominance early on. An impressive kick from …

Saturday’s Six Nations 2021 Round-up: England Fail To Impress While Wales Find Unlikely Success

England 41-18 Italy England welcomed Italy to Twickenham to kick off round two of this year’s Six Nations, with two teams looking to build on 2 mediocre showings from last week.  An England side that wasn’t allowed get up to speed against an effective Scottish defence, while Italy in this afternoon played an almost identical game to that against France …

Ireland Six Nations Preview: Will Farrell’s Men Find Consistency in 2021?

2020 was meant to spark the beginning of Andy Farrell’s fresh start after a brilliant seven-year run by previous coach Joe Schmidt. The stop-start nature of year was reflected throughout Ireland’s performances in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup. While it is hard to take some of last year’s results at face value, some themes remain within the team. …

Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …

Book of Condolence opens for Anthony Foley in Sports Arena

By Paul Saunders A Book of Condolence for Anthony Foley has opened today in the UL Sport Arena. The book is open for all to sign and is accompanied by candle and a photo of “Axel” with the Heineken Cup. The book has been open to sign since 9am and is nearly half full, filled with messages of thanks and …

Sports Editor Marisa Kennedy Reviews Irish Rugby During the 2015 Six Nation Tournament

A prosperous period for Irish rugby was greatly enhanced during the 2015 Six Nations tournament with not one, but two, victorious teams. With what was a breath taking weekend for Irish sport, the men were crowned Six Nations champions to be followed less than 24 hours later by the ladies. s satisfying for Irish fans. A loss to Wales in …