A largely unchanged starting side has been named, as Ireland prepare to take on the English in Ashbourne this Friday night. At the half-way point in this year’s Six Nations, the fixture will be streamed live online by the IRFU.
In the team’s first competitive fixture since their historic World Cup campaign – and since massive changes to the squad and back room set-up – Ireland kick off their Six Nations bid against Italy in the Stadio Mario Lodigiani in Florence. You can watch Italy v Ireland LIVE on Gaelick.com this evening – kick-off is at 6pm Irish time.
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
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
Ireland and Wales finally faced off at Ashbourne, and it was worth the wait. As with the game against Italy, Ireland racked up six tries. Unlike the game against Italy, the opposition failed to make an impact near Ireland’s try line. Ireland’s revenge for last year’s narrow loss was sweet.
One month on, and Ireland’s replay against Wales finally rolls around, the original game which opened the 2012 Six Nations having been abandoned at half time due to a frozen pitch. And, sticking with his guns, Ireland coach Philip Doyle has opted for the same starting XV and replacements to face the Welsh
Ireland finally got through 80 minutes of play at home, and in the process firmly put behind them the narrow loss away against France and the abandoned Wales home fixture. The final scoreline amounted to a resounding victory for Ireland, although in fairness to the Italians, doesn’t reflect the ferocity with which they fought.
Having made an impact in the abandoned game against Wales, and (despite the débacle of reaching the venue) fighting fiercely in a narrow loss to the French, Doyle has opted for a strong and reliable side once again.
In what was Ireland’s first full game of the Six Nations tournament this year, the team faced heartbreak losing to France by just one point. But then, after 27 hours of travelling in planes, trains and automobiles before arriving at your destination at 3am on match day, perhaps that’s not so bad a scoreline.