Posts Tagged "Ireland Rugby"
New Zealander Joe Schmidt will meet Irish rugby bosses this week to discuss the vacant Ireland head coaching position.
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Declan Kidney has been sacked as Ireland coach, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.
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Fly-half Greig Laidlaw held his nerve as Scotland won back-to-back Six Nations matches for the first time since 2001 after coming from behind to beat Ireland 12-8 at Murrayfield on Sunday.
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Next weekend the destination of the Six Nations Championship could be decided. With Ireland and England emerging as the victors from the weekend, the number of likely Grand Slam teams has reduced to two.
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Here is the first fearless prediction from the non-gambling Bondi Junction Greek: France will win the 2013 Six Nations tournament.
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Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll is among several senior players restored by Declan Kidney to the starting XV for this weekend’s Six Nations opener away to Wales in Cardiff.
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South Africa overturned a first half deficit and ill-discipline to open their November tour of the northern hemisphere with a deserved 16-12 victory on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.
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At first glance, Saturday’s third New Zealand-Ireland rugby clash might seem like a dead Test with the All Blacks having already secured the series.
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Second Test matchwinner Dan Carter will miss the final Test against Ireland after injuring a hamstring in training.
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It has surprised me that so many people were disappointed Wales did not defeat the Wallabies in Melbourne. I don’t mean the usual suspects, like Mike Carlton and the John Connolly camp of dissidents (which includes one prominent rugby writer – no names).
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If you are of a charitable disposition, turn those good intentions northwards this weekend and consider the unhappy predicament of the British and Irish Lions hierarchy.
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Recalled Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy knows he will have his hands full trying to keep a much-improved Sonny Bill Williams quiet in the second Test against the All Blacks.
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He might not be in Will Genia’s league just yet, but Ireland defence coach Les Kiss believes new All Black halfback Aaron Smith has the ability to get to the Wallabies No.9′s level.
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Ireland recalled veteran centre Gordon D’Arcy among four changes to their starting team as they attempt to level their three-match series against the All Blacks in the second Test on Saturday.
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Promising loose forward Sam Cane is set to make his debut for the All Blacks after being named in the reserves for the second rugby Test against Ireland in Christchurch on Saturday.
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Powerful young winger Julian Savea – often compared with rugby great Jonah Lomu – scored three blockbusting tries as the All Blacks destroyed Ireland with a 42-10 victory at Eden Park on Saturday.
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Skipper Richie McCaw is feeling the excitement levels rise on the eve of the All Blacks’ first outing since they claimed the Rugby World Cup in Auckland last October.
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In selections which will please many people, the All Blacks have dropped Piri Weepu and Ali Williams to the bench and left Ma’a Nonu out of the 22 man squad to face the Irish.
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There’s some big-time rugby this weekend and you can expect the Southern Hemisphere to come out the winner.
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Conrad Smith expects the short time to get a new All Blacks team ready will make Saturday’s first Irish Test a difficult one, but he’s looking forward to the challenge.
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