Tries from Shane Horgan and Keith Wood plus a 100% kicking return from David Humphreys leaVe Ireland 26 points up at half time against Romania,/b>
Three David Humphrey's penalties had Ireland nine points up after 19 minutes, their most threatening try opportunity in that time coming from the lightening Brian O'Driscoll. Then at the start of the second quarter a break from Girvan Dempsey ended with a try under the posts from Shane Horgan, back in the side after a lengthy injury absence. Humphreys knocked over the conversion and Ireland were on their way. Keith wood was next up for a try. Crashing through after Romania had kicked away possession. Humphreys added the easy conversion and tagged on ahis third penalty in the 37th minute to give Ireland a 26 point interval lead
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.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.