Monthly Archives: January 2007

Ireland v Wales

 The Six Nations is fast approaching, Ireland's first match see us take on our Celtic rivals, Wales.

Over the years Ireland and Wales have had some great games long gone are the days when the two teams would fight for the wooden spoon, both teams are strong and in form. Ireland will go into the game as favourite, however with a millennium stadium crowd behind Wales it will be a tough opener for Ireland in their campaign for the Grand Slam.

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The Irish team is as follows:

15 – Girvan Dempsey Terenure College/Leinster 69
14 – Andrew Trimble Ballymena/Ulster 10
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (Captain) Blackrock College/Leinster 70
12 – Gordon D’Arcy Lansdowne/Leinster 26
11 – Denis Hickie St.Mary’s College/Leinster 53
10 – Ronan O’Gara  Cork Constitution/Munster 66
9 – Peter Stringer Shannon/Munster 72
1 – Marcus Horan Shannon/Munster 42
2 – Rory Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 7
3 – John Hayes Bruff/Munster 68
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan Cork Constitution/Munster 30
5 – Paul O’Connell Young Munster/Munster 39
6 – Simon Easterby Llanelli 52
7 – David Wallace Garryowen/Munster 32
8 – Denis Leamy Cork Constitution/Munster 17

Replacements 

16 – Jerry Flannery Shannon/Munster 9
17 – Simon Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 13
19 – Neil Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 7
18 – Mick O’Driscoll Cork Constitution/Munster 5
20 – Isaac Boss Ballymena/Ulster 5
21 – Paddy Wallace Ballymena/Ulster 2
22 – Geordan Murphy Leicester 44

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Flannery added to Squad

Jerry Flannery has been named as one of three hookers to be named in the Ireland squad for their opener against Wales. Flannery missed the autumn internationals due to injury but has been back playing for Munster in recent weeks.

Flannery will join two other hookers in the squad, experienced veteran Frankie Sheahan and Ulster man Rory Best.

Ireland Squad
Forwards: N Best, R Best, S Best, S Easterby, J Flannery, J Hayes, M Horan, D Leamy, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, M O'Driscoll, M O'Kelly, F Sheahan, D Wallace
Backs: I Boss, G Dempsey, G D'Arcy, D Hickie, G Murphy, B O'Driscoll, R O'Gara, P Stringer, A Trimble, P Wallace.

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Update: Shane Horgan Injury

Shane HorganIt has been confirmed that Horgan will miss the first two games of the Six Nations due to the knee injury he picked up at the weekend. According to a statement "Horgan sustained cartilage damage to his left knee."

As we predicted Horgan will miss to big games including Wales away and France at Croke Park, depending on how he recovers it will be 50/50 whether or not he will be fit for the England game.

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Munster suffer a historic defeat.

It was an historic defeat for Munster as an amazing record was broken by a dominant Leicester pack. Up until last night Munster had never lost a Heineken cup game at home in the famous fortress Thomond, and it was Munster's Heineken cup rivals Leicester who knocked down the walls at Thomond.

This is what O'Gara had to say about the defeat.

"It is obviously hugely disappointing for us, but the better team won. They talked it up but they walked the walk."

"Leicester were hugely dominant up front – their pack performance was terrific – but there are two ways we can go now.

"You can just sit down or you can go away, learn the lessons and then put up a real fight. I know which option we will be taking."

The loss has meant that Munster will now play their next game away as they go through to the last eight.

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Horgan out for Six Nations?

Well it did seem too good to be true, for a change Ireland was almost injury free in the run up to the Six Nations. However now it looks like Horgan is to miss the first few games of the tournament which starts for Ireland on 4th February against Wales in Cardiff.

Horgan had to be carried of the pitch last night in the Leinster game against Gloucester it was a double blow for Leinster and Ireland as they lost 19-13 to the English side.

Munster will play Leicester today in what is always a crunch match between to old rivals lets just hope that the Munster men can stay injury free and manage a big win at Thomond.

Here is the thirty five man squad for the Six Nations

Forwards: Neil Best (Ulster), Rory Best (Ulster), Simon Best (Ulster), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Jerry Flannery (Munster), Keith Gleeson (Leinster), John Hayes (Munster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Trevor Hogan (Munster), Marcus Horan (Munster), Denis Leamy (Munster), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Mick O'Driscoll (Munster), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster), Frankie Sheahan (Munster), David Wallace (Munster), Bryan Young (Ulster).

Backs: Isaac Boss (Ulster), Tommy Bowe (Munster), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Shane Horgan (Leinster), Denis Hickie (Leinster), Robert Kearney (Leinster), John Kelly (Munster), Barry Murphy (Munster), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Wasps), Peter Stringer (Munster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Paddy Wallace (Ulster).

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French teams quit Heineken Cup

The Heineken cup has been sent into crisis mode after French clubs said they would not be competing in next year's competition. All 14 top French clubs said they will boycott next year due to the uncertainty of the competition caused by the row between English clubs and the English rugby union.

The French teams have also decided to boycott the tournament to ensure their domestic league does not suffer.

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