Connacht qualified for their first ever European semi-final on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Narbonne 16-10 for an aggregate win of 43-28.
Connacht qualified for their first ever European semi-final on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Narbonne 16-10 for an aggregate win of 43-28. Tries from full-back Mark McHugh, scorer of two penalties in their 27-18 win in the south of France last Saturday, and Australian lock Andrew Farley saw Connacht claim the biggest win since their inception in 1885. The Irish province went in at the break 10-3 behind thanks to full-back Nicholas Nadau's try three minutes into stoppage time, with former Leicester back Craig McMullen's conversion putting Narbonne just two points behind on aggregate. Connacht got the ideal start into a strong Galway breeze when veteran Eric Elwood, less than a month short of his 35th birthday, kicked a 30-metre penalty in the 14th minute. The visitors were dealt a double blow with two early sin-binnings, with influential Argentinian back-row Gonzalo Longo yellow-carded on 16 minutes, but they drew
level through McMullen five minutes before half time with a 40-metre penalty, as Connacht replacement John Fogarty went over the top. McMullen missed the chance to put the French side in front on aggregate four minutes after the break, his penalty into the wind falling short. That proved to be crucial as a Conor McPhilips' tackle six minutes later prevented Frederic Lartigue from crossing the home line, before McHugh lurched over for Connacht's first try on 65 minutes. Elwood's conversion came back off the left upright but the fly-half put them in front six minutes later with a penalty from close to the touchline. Farley's unconverted try three minutes from the end secured the win, with Connacht eagerly awaiting Tuesday's semi-final draw and a possible meeting with Harlequins, who contain former Connacht favourite Gavin Duffy in their side.
Keith Earls notched up two tries against Italy on Saturday - he has now scored five in his last four matches for Ireland. We spoke to him pitchside immediately after Ireland's 63-10 RBS 6 Nations victory.
Winger Eimear Considine, who won her first cap, and number 8 and captain Paula Fitzpatrick look forward to the second round of the Women's Six Nations and Ireland's clash with Italy in L'Aquila on Sunday (kick-off 1pm local time/12pm Irish time).
The Ireland Women and Under-20s scored dramatic late wins over their Scottish counterparts as part of a double header at Broadwood Stadium. Go behind the scenes on a rain-swept night in Cumbernauld with Irish Rugby TV.
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.