Monthly Archives: November 2006

Hickie called into Squad

Denis Hickie has been called into the Ireland squad as a possible replacement for Andrew Trimble who is said to be suffering from a tight hamstring. While it is still likely Trimble will play this Sunday against Australia, Hickie will be on hand if needed. Denis was due to play for Ireland A against Australia A on Wednesday but will now train with the Ireland squad in preparation for the big game on Sunday which kicks-off at 4 pm.

Full squad details coming soon.

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Pictures added to the gallery

Relive the crucial moments of the South Africa game in the gallery, click here .

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Pictures added to the gallery

Relive the crucial moments of the South Africa game in the gallery, click here .

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Namibia joins Ireland, again.

Namibia will once again join Ireland in their group for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Pool D is becoming arguably be the toughest group, especially after Argentina’s recent performance against England. Namibia have World Cup experience after competing in the 2003 world cup and will not be a push over for Ireland.

Pool D still has one remaining place to be filled which is between Portugal or Georgia.

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The Boys are Back in town

 Ireland 32 – 15 South Africa

O'Gara kick against south africa

 A windy Lansdowne road saw some great running rugby as a solid Irish side proved to be a force to reckon with. South Africa has a good start with some good movements and handling they were rewarded with an early penalty and so taking the lead. But that would be the last time South Africa would lead as the favourites mixed up great scumming with fantastic running in the quarter backs. Tries cam from Trimble, Horan, Wallace and Horgan, with O'Gara continuing his recent form.

The side looked solid today and played with an efficiency that makes fans glee with joy. Next weeks game is against Australia which will be the biggest challenge of the international season.

Gwan Ireland!

 

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Best replaces Flannery for South Africa match

Ulster man Rory Best will be amongst the starting line-up for Ireland in this Saturday's match against South Africa. Best comes in for injured hooker Jerry Flannery for his fourth international cap, Belfast born Best has never started a test match and has earned his previous caps as a replacement. Even though Best himself may lack international experience he will hook between John Hayes and Marcus Horan and a very experienced pack.

With caps in question the attention is on Peter Stringer who earns his 70th cap on Saturday, the cork born scrum half made his debt in 2000 against Scotland and has been one of the most consistent Irish players for the last 6 years.

Ireland last beat the springboks in 2004 which was the first time in nearly 40 years, wirth the bookies talking up Ireland as the favourites we hope that the men and green can kick of this year's season of rugby with a win.

Ireland: G Dempsey; S Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt), G D'Arcy, A Trimble; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan, R Best, J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; N Best, D Wallace, D Leamy.
Replacements: F Sheahan, B Young, M O'Kelly, S Easterby, I Boss, P Wallace, G Murphy.

Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand).

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