Zut alors! It’s all about Ireland v England this week and the historic World Cup Semi-Final in Paris . So, in the spirit of helpfulness and usefulness here’s all you will need to know if you’re taking the horse to France for the rugby.
Should Ireland beat Italy tomorrow (and oh yes they should), they will have won every game. All five. This hardly ever happens and is called the Grand Slam. Now that’s something to celebrate this Paddy’s weekend.
Thirty fit women tackling, tumbling and rolling in slippery mud wearing tight shorts and sports bras, all while chasing after one egg-shaped ball. Sounds like the lesbian wet dream.
The subject of women’s rugby generated a lot of discussion – and huge support – at the inaugural meeting of The Rugby Business Network last night in Dublin, with guest speakers Shane Byrne and Jim Glennon taking the lead
Former Leinster, Ireland & Lions rugby player, Shane Byrne, will join rugby legend Jim Glennon tomorrow night in Dublin to host a Rugby Business Network (the RBN) event to discuss opportunities for the sport and businesses. The evening will include the topic of women’s rugby and how women’s rugby influences business
Ireland’s 7s squad booked their place yesterday in the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, nicking the final available spot with a win over the Ukraine. The team was at the FIRA/AER European Championship tournament, which also served as the Qualifiers for the World Cup taking place in Russia next year. Ireland’s qualification is … [Read more...]
Things look a promising for Ireland’s 7s rugby squad, who have been almost unbeatable since the seven-a-side team was formed just a few short months ago. Now the real work begins, however: To get to the World Cup, which is exactly 365 days away, Ireland must rank among the top five teams in this weekend’s qualifying tournament in Moscow.
New Zealand schmealand. It’s all about Belgium this weekend, when Ireland’s only international 7s squad travels to Ghent for the FIRA/AER European Championship 2012.
A meeting will take place in Dublin later this week to consider the challenges and opportunities facing women in sport in Ireland. Members of Sport for Business will gather this Thursday, 31st May, at Jury’s Croke Park. There, representatives from sports governing bodies, existing partners of women’s sport, athletes and others will look … [Read more...]
The Amsterdam Sevens took place last weekend, where Irish rugby’s newest team, the international Sevens squad, had their first real taste of international competition – and came away with the Heineken Boot trophy. The results indicated a steep but definite learning curve for the players. Their hectic summer schedule culminates in June with World Cup Qualifiers in Ghent and Moscow.
Since the out-of-the-blue announcement by the IRFU that Ireland will field a women’s sevens side, it has been all go for the players in training camps and tournaments – and the pace continues through the summer, starting tomorrow with this weekend’s Amsterdam Sevens competition.
Saturday, St Patrick’s Day, saw Ireland face England away in their final fixture of the Six Nations Championship. England were always the favourites, going into the game undefeated, and having conceded only 6 points and not a single try. Still, though, the final score flattered England somewhat. Ireland can be proud: of their performance on Saturday, and throughout the tournament.
This St Patrick’s Day, the Six Nations Triple Crown is up for grabs for Ireland for the first time; meanwhile an unbeaten England will be clamouring for both it and the Grand Slam title. Kick-off is at 2pm.
With their third successive victory, and second consecutive win without conceding a point, Ireland now face England away – where both will contend for the Six Nations Triple Crown on St Patrick’s Day.
Finally, the moment has arrived when Ireland coach, Philip Doyle, makes a change to the starting line-up for this Friday’s fixture against Scotland. Leinster’s Paula Fitzpatrick makes her first start of the Six Nations Championship in the front row between captain Fiona Coghlan and Ailis Egan, in place of Gillian Bourke