Monthly Archives: February 2008

Ireland 34 -13 Scotland

Ireland v Scotland

A great win for Ireland and a stunning display of running rugby, something we haven’t seem for a while but hopefully a sign of things to come! Here are some internet quotes from Saturday’s game (read more and watch O’Gara’s stunning pass). Continue reading

France 26-21 Ireland

Wallace against FranceCertainly a game of two-haves, Ireland grew in confidence throughout to finish on a breathtaking high. However Ireland’s come back efforts in the dying minutes were not enough to surpass the early lead clocked up by France in the first half.

A first half hat-trick from Vincent Clerc gave France a 19-6 lead at the break. By this time it looked like we could be heading for an embarrassing scoreline however credit must be given to Ireland after mustering a defiant spell of attack propelled by outstanding work from the forwards.

After a penalty try, Ireland were rewarded with a boost in confidence and the unthinkable started to become very possible. The come back was on…

From an Irish perspective there are lots of positives to take, especially as France at home were always going to be the toughest challenge of the tournament. The next game will be in two weeks time against Scotland at home, after today’s performance we should expect a strong finish. It now seems that the triple crown is again the main focus for Ireland’s 2008 campaign.

Ireland v France

French rugby logoHere is the Irish team for the upcoming game against France.

Ireland:

Dempsey; Murphy, B O’Driscoll (capt), Trimble, Kearney; O’Gara, Reddan; Horan, Jackman, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Kelly, Leamy, D Wallace, Heaslip.

Replacements: Best, Buckley, M O’Driscoll, Easterby, Stringer, P Wallace, Horgan.

France unchanged for Ireland

The post-mortem is under way as Ireland look to improve on Saturdays game. France will remain unchanged for next weeks game after a confident start for Les Bleus.

Should Ireland remain unchanged? Discuss this and your thoughts on Ireland’s start to the six nations in our forum.

IrishRugby.ie have also got a good gallery up for those who want to relive moments!

France squad:
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Ireland A v England Saxons

O2 Irish Rugby JerseyVenue: Welford Road (Leicester Tigers)
Kick Off: 17:45

The should be a great encounter to get us all in the mood for this years Six Nations. I will be travelling to Leicester this evening to support the lads in what is bound to be a close battle, as usual, between the Irish and English at Welford Road.

Ireland A:
G Duffy (Connacht); J Murphy (Leicester), L Fitzgerald (Leinster), S Horgan (Leinster), T Bowe (Ulster); A Dunne (Connacht), I Boss (Ulster); C Healy (Leinster), F Sheahan (Munster), B Young (Ulster), T Hogan (Leinster), R Caldwell (Ulster), S Keogh (Leinster), S Jennings (Leinster) A Quinlan (Munster).

Replacements:
A Flavin (Connacht), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), D Ryan (Munster), D Pollock (Ulster), C Keane (Leinster), N O’Connor (Ulster), D O’Riordan (Connacht).

England Saxons team:
N Abendanon (Bath); T Varndell (Leicester), O Smith (Leicester), S Geraghty (London Irish), D Armitage (London Irish); R Lamb (Gloucester), L Dickson (Newcastle); N Wood (Gloucester), D Paice (London Irish), J Hobson (Bristol), T Palmer (Wasps), N Kennedy (London Irish), P Dowson (Newcastle), B Woods (Newcastle), J Crane (Leicester, capt).

Replacements:
D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Newcastle), G Skivington (Wasps), W Skinner (Harlequins), J Grindal (Newcastle), A Allen (Gloucester), M Brown (Harlequins).