Three Jonny Wilkinson penalties and a try from Jason Robinson have England leading Australia 14-5 at half-time in the RWC final.
Australia started as they had done against the All Blacks in the semi-final and went in front in the 7th minute when Lote Tuiqiri gathered a superb cross-field kick from Stephen Larkham to score a try in the left-hand corner. Elton Flatley's conversion struck the upright. Jonny Wilkinson registered England's first score with an 11th minute penalty. Throughout this early stage the Ausssie defence was impressive as their ball-handling in the wet conditions.
In the 18th minute Larkham was penalized just outside his 10 metre line - he was also taken off to have a blood injury treated - and Wilkinson kicked England ahead (6-5). He was wide with his first drop-goal attempt four minutes later and when Australia knocked on in the 25th minute England countered and should have scored but Ben Kay knocked-on when all he had to do was hold and fall over for a try. But they reacted magnificently, had Australia in all sorts of trouble in a five-metre scrum and when the home side were penalised Wilkinson's radar-like penalty extended the lead (9-5). From the restart Matt Giteau - who had come on for Larkham - was flattened by Josh Lewsey, England were penalised for dropping a scrum but from just inside the England 10 metre-line, Flatley dragged his penalty attempt wide. That was a significant miss because England, already beginning to grow in confidence seemed to be lifted still further by that miss.They went further ahead with a minute to go to half-time when Lawrence Dallaglio, linked with Wilkinson to send Jason Robinson in at the corner (14-5). From an Aussie point of view the half time whistle couldn't come quick enough.
Coach Allen Clarke and stand-in captain Billy Holland answer questions from the media following Emerging Ireland's 45-12 victory over Georgia in the final round of their successful Tbilisi Cup campaign.
Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke speaks about his side's five-try 33-7 win over Uruguay in the Tbilisi Cup and the first half injury to captain Rhys Ruddock. They wrap up the tournament against hosts Georgia on Sunday.
Speaking about the floods that occurred following the Tbilisi Cup's first round, Emerging Ireland team manager Joey Miles said: "A natural event like that, a tragedy like that puts the game of rugby into perspective. We express our regrets to the Georgian people and the Georgian Union for the terrible tragedy that they had."
Leinster and Ireland prop Martin Moore gives his support to the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patron Scheme, and Mick Quinn explains the benefits for companies getting involved. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
David O'Reilly from the IRFU Charitable Trust's Corporate Patrons Committee speaks about the new scheme which provides businesses with unique networking opportunities and provides a platform for companies to effectively activate their CSR programmes. For further information, please contact Linda Black of the Charitable Trust - telephone (01) 6473866 or email: email@example.com / http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34728.php.
We spoke to Leinster and Ireland winger Dave Kearney after the Captain's Run at Thomond Park as he prepares to take on some familiar faces and some well-capped stars when the Ireland XV play the Barbarians.
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland XV starting team to play the Barbarians. We caught up with the young prop at Thomond Park as he prepares to pull on the green jersey.
Jamie Heaslip will captain the Ireland XV against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star-studded visitors and the battle he is relishing with his Leinster colleague Shane Jennings, who captains the Baa Baas.
Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has likened the World Rugby Under-20 Championship to 'a mini Six Nations in three weeks'. His side take on Argentina in their tournament opener in Parma next Tuesday.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
We caught up with Sean O'Brien at the Canterbury Ireland training kit launch where he spoke about next week's Barbarians game, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and 'moving forward' with Leinster next season.
We caught up with Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald at the launch of the new Canterbury Ireland training kit. He spoke about his recovery from shoulder surgery and his aim to be fit for the Guinness Summer Series games in August.