The last international match to be played at the legendary Lansdowne road was a fitting win against the Pacific Islanders. It was a massive result for Ireland with a 61 – 17 win over the Islanders. An incredible performance by Ireland meant that the Pacific Islands never had much of a chance competing against an on form Ireland. The game saw some great performances by new players including Paddy Wallace who earned the title “Man of the Match” by converting 6 out of 8 penalty's. It was also a great start for a youngster Luke Fitzgerald. Ireland continue to rumble on as a world beating nation who I hope will continue their current trend into the Six Nations.
Ireland (37) 61
Tries: Hickie, Wallace, O'Kelly, Easterby (2), Horgan, R Best, O'Connell
Con: Wallace (6)
Pens: Wallace (3)
Pacific Islands (12) 17
Tries: Rabeni, Fa'atau, Pisi
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As promised here is the squad for Sunday’s game against the Pacific Islands.
Ireland: G Dempsey, L Fitzgerald, B O'Driscoll, S Horgan, D Hickie, P Wallace, P Stringer; B Young, F Sheahan, J Hayes, M O'Kelly, P O'Connell, S Easterby, SD Ferris, J Heaslip.
Replacements: R Best, S Best, D O'Callaghan, D Leamy, I Boss, R O'Gara, G D'Arcy.
It has been confirmed that Marcus Horan will not make this weekend's game against the Pacific Islands after a calf injury he suffered in the match against Australia.
While Horan is out Eddie has drafted in 10 players to his squad, they include Ulster's young back-row forward Stephen Ferris and Leinster's teenage full-back Luke Fitzgerald.
Also called up are Simon Best, Matt McCullough, Jeremy Staunton, Barry Murphy, Eoin Reddan, Jamie Heaslip, Ronnie McCormack, Keith Gleeson.
It should be interesting to see if Eddie uses two of the youngest members in the squad and give them their first cap.
On a wet and windy day in Dublin, Ireland show their full potential as currently one of the world's best rugby teams.
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While Australia took an early lead it wasn't long before the men in green took the game by the reigns and stamped some authority.The first half display was particularly impressive and earned them a standing ovation from the Dublin crowd.
Ireland got the try they had been threatening on 25 minutes when O'Gara spotted Hickie on the left touchline and fired a cross-field kick which the Leinster winger gathered before jinking between three defenders to score.
Australia's problems deepened when fly-half Larkham limped off and was replaced by Mat Rogers. Ireland extended their lead in the final minute of the first half with a stunning try. Superb handling from O'Gara released Gordon D'Arcy, who rushed forward before feeding Horgan and the big Leinster man, about to be hurled into touch, passed back in to Murphy, with O'Gara converting. The pace slackened in the second half with Mortlock landing one penalty followed by two from O'Gara. For 10 minutes it was 14 players against 13 as Ireland's Denis Leamy and Aussie pair Rogers and Phil Waugh were sin-binned for fighting.
Hickie went close to getting another try but Ireland had already done enough and ended with a thoroughly deserved victory – only their second over Australia in 27 years.
Ulster flanker Neil Best was named man of the match.
The game kicks off at 16:00 GMT at Lansdowne Road, Sunday, 19 November
Ireland: G Murphy; S Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt), G D'Arcy, D Hickie; R O'Gara, I Boss; B Young, R Best, J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; N Best, D Wallace, D Leamy.
Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan, M O'Kelly, S Easterby, P Stringer, P Wallace, G Dempsey.
Watch the thoughts of Eddie O'Sullivan, Denis Hickie and Niall O'Donavan ahead of this weekends match against Australia.
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