Monthly Archives: February 2007

A few more photos…

Paul O'Connell welcomes Johnny back to test rugby.

 

 

A quick thanks goes to the English fans who have emailed me congratulating the Irish team and acknowledging a great game of rugby.

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No Injuries reported!

Well to add to the incredible match yesterday, Eddie has confirmed that none of his players have any injury's to cause serious concern. That includes Brian O'Driscoll who was replaced in the 76th minute, it is thought that the withdrawal was a precautionary measure.

The boys have another two week break before taking on Scotland in Murrayfield.

Relive those amazing Anthems at Croke Park, watch the video here !!

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Ireland write history!

Ireland 43-13 England

Like men possessed with passion and pride Ireland crushed England in a historic defeat at the magnificent Croke Park.

Ireland Celebrate

After an expected nervous start Ireland stamped their controlled aggression on a day when losing was simply not an option. Every single player put there body on the line for 80 minutes and fought to beat a fragile looking England team.

Its a proud day for Irish sport and the controversy over Croke Park will have been silenced for the moment with the magnificent win.

Croke Park

Add your comment on the English match!

Ronan

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Ireland v England

Ireland vs England

Kick Off:17:30

Ireland: Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll (capt), D'Arcy, Hickie; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, R Best, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, S Easterby, D Wallace, Leamy.
Replacements: Flannery, S Best, N Best, M O'Driscoll, Boss, P Wallace, Trimble.

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O’Driscoll set for England Clash

Brian O'Driscoll looks certain to lead Ireland this weekend against England at Croke Park. Joining him is Peter Stringer who has also recovered from his injury he picked up in the first Six Nations game against Wales. With O'Driscoll back in the driving seat it should mean service will resume as usual with Horgan back on the right wing. However Eddie O'Sullivan is faced with a dilemma in choosing a full back currently its a close call between Murphy and Dempsey. While Dempsey has remained consistent over the six nations he does not bring the added spark Murphy seems to carry in attack.

Ronan O'Gara sat out a few training sessions this week because of an ankle injury but he is in no doubt to start this Saturday on what is being dubbed as “Super Saturday” with all three games taking place on the same day.

We will report the squad when it is announced, likely to be on Wednesday!

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Colossal disappointment over last minute loss

Croke Park

Possibly the best opportunity Ireland has had to take the grand slam has today passed in the dying minutes at Croke Park. An Historic match to be remembered for the immense atmosphere and crowd presence but unfortunately not the result.

Ireland were undoubtedly nervous due to the enormity of the event however after a shaky first twenty minutes the team settled and looked to catch up to France who had built an early lead.

I think most people including the French thought Ireland had managed to wrap the game up with O'Gara's late penalty kick however it wasn't late enough. The utter Disappointment was confined to that moment after the work Ireland had put in to gain a lead. As Eddie O'Sullivan put it, “The boys all put their bodies on the line for 80 minutes and when the win is snatched away from you at the death it is as cruel as you can get.”

It was a huge disappointment and a great opportunity missed, but we must move on and be proud of the boys for the outstanding effort they put in, the games continue to get bigger with the pinnacle match for Ireland in two weeks game against England at Croke Park, It could make or break Ireland's tournament.

Irish Loss

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