What worked and what did not in international rugby last weekend

He's the son of Mike, Jimmy B. Himself and his brother Ciaran were born in Dublin, grew up for some of their times in Wales, and then moved back to Ireland. Their mother is Irish, and Mike is now coach of the Ireland U20s.

19 Jun 2014
What worked and what did not in international rugby last weekend

Out of the Irish players, I thought the most promising of the relative newbies was back rower Rhys Ruddock. He definitely worked, and made all the hard yards for Ireland against a very spirited young Argentina team. Some Wallaby fans might recall Stephen Ferris, the Genia-Catcher, from RWC 2011. Ferris had to retire prematurely from the game a couple of weeks ago. His heir apparent is on the way. Other than Ireland's victory to clinch the Argentine series last weekend, it looks like the usual picture of SH dominance from the June tests once again. Maybe the 6N countries should look at shifting from the end of season as SANZAR want to a pre-season start. Though I don't think that's going to make any change to French ambivalence to these tests.

18 Jun 2014
Argentina vs Ireland: Round 2 – preview

Ireland win the match and series. Not a lot to be learnt from this won - except for giving some of younger fellas a run-out at test level. Same with the Pumas. Like the look of Tucelet and Landajo. I'd say one or two of the newbies that squad will find their way into the Four Nations

17 Jun 2014
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