Our congratulations go to Stuart Philpott (the Saracens hooker), who has been selected for the Ireland U21 squad....
Our congratulations go to Stuart Philpott (the Saracens hooker), who has been selected for the Ireland U21 squad, which will play in the World Cup in Argentina next month. Stuart featured in the Six Nations in the past season, starting against both Scotland and England. Stuart is a former England U18 international and has the advantage of being an U20; hence, he will be available again for Ireland U21s next season.
Our commiserations go to the following two players:
Brett McNamee (the Northampton Saints blind-side flanker) picked up a knee injury at the end of the season, which has ruled him out. Brett was ever-present throughout the Six Nations, captaining Ireland U21s v. England. Some consolation for Brett is that he has been given a full-time first team contract by the Saints for the coming season.Dan Smith (the Bath lock and former Ireland U19 international) recently suffered a serious illness, which has ruled him out. He is currently slowly recovering and we wish him well in that. Dan now moves into his second season of a full-time first team contract at Bath and we trust that future Ireland honours will come his way, to compensate for the above.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the squad's 'immense character' following the 27-24 GUINNESS Series success against Australia. Meanwhile, captain Rory Best reflects on 'an emotional day' as he made his 100th appearance for his country.
Irish Rugby TV brings you a behind the scenes look at Ireland's final GUINNESS Series game against Australia. Joe Schmidt's men marked captain Rory Best's 100th cap with a superb 27-24 victory over the Wallabies.
Saturday's GUINNESS Series clash with Australia marks Michael Kearney's last game as Ireland team manager. We spoke to him about five memorable years in the role. Watch out for a couple of special cameos!
Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, and Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll speak about their excitement at officially launching Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. #Ireland2023
We're ready to create something legendary. A showcase for rugby nations old and new. A tournament that will grow the game globally, promote the values, spirit and ethos of rugby and will capture the world's imagination. #Ireland2023 - Liam Neeson gives voice to Ireland's bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.