Six Ireland U20 stars who could one day start for the senior team
The World Rugby Under-20 Championship final didn’t go according to plan for Ireland.
The World Rugby Under-20 Championship final didn’t go according to plan for Ireland.
Ireland’s hopes of glory in their first World Rugby U-20 Championship were blown away by a fired-up English side who were on top throughout to claim their third title in the grade, dominating throughout and running in six tries to Ireland’s three.
Nigel Carolan's Ireland U20 are on the verge of a monumental achievement. After beating Wales, New Zealand and Argentina, can Ireland beat England to win the U20 World Cup for the first time?
TWICE, the prize of a series win in South Africa was there for Ireland to take and twice they let it slip.
Controversy erupted just minutes into Ireland's third test against South Africa in circumstances that would have felt very familiar to those watching.
The test series was delicately balanced at 1-1, and Ireland were camped in the Springbok 22 at the end of this one... but it wasn't enough.
What a difference eight months make.
Greig Laidlaw came off the bench to kick four late penalties as Scotland secured an undeserved 21-16 win over a gutsy Japan side in the second Test in Tokyo.
England concluded a glorious season by completing a 3-0 series whitewash of Australia with a 44-40 victory over the Wallabies 44-40 at Allianz Stadium.
Wales slumped to their heaviest defeat to New Zealand in 13 years as Beauden Barrett inspired the All Blacks to a 46-6 victory in the third Test in Dunedin.
Eddie Jones has urged his England players to have the last laugh on Australia by completing a series whitewash today.
This Irish U-20 squad on the cusp of history comes from every corner of the land and beyond, but lock Sean O'Connor has never had to look far for inspiration from his Cashel base in south Co Tipperary.
Eoin Reddan once taught me a most valuable life lesson. Even if there's a part of your job you hate, always do it with as much respect as you can.
Hundreds of Irish rugby fans are expected in Manchester today as Nigel Carolan’s side bid to lift the World Rugby U-20 Championship for the first time in history.
For many it has been a long and somewhat spasmodic rugby season. Some Irish players have now been involved with rugby full-time for almost an entire year.
Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has called on his side to raise the bar against South Africa tomorrow and claim a series win.
A veteran of Ireland's 60-0 defeat to New Zealand on their final game of the season four years ago, Mike Ross has warned his team of the perils of not showing up against the Springboks for their series decider in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Joe Schmidt has praised retiring scrum-half Eoin Reddan's leadership and rugby brain as he named the 35-year-old on the bench for his final Test.
To lose one of your starting centres from this year's Six Nations was a problem, to lose two is potentially disastrous for Ireland's prospects of winning a Test series in South Africa.
Joe Schmidt has set out his stall for Ireland’s series-deciding showdown with South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Keith Earls says the rugby team can draw inspiration from the exploits of the footballers of Ireland and Northern Ireland in France and the U-20s in Manchester ahead of their final Test against South Africa .
Ireland will be without Jared Payne for Saturday’s series decider against South Africa in Port Elizabeth after the Ulster star failed to prove his fitness in time.
South Africa have named a strong team for the third test of the summer series with Ireland, with coach Allister Coetzee opting to start two of last week's substitute try-scorers.
At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa - which is not today or yesterday - I have a vague memory of sitting in the All Black dressing room after playing them at Ellis Park in Jo'burg.
Fifty-one minutes into last week's game and Ireland, who only made two visits to the South African '22 all game, got possession through their lineout on the Springbok 10-metre line.
CJ Stander is set to return to the Ireland starting XV for Saturday's Test series decider against South Africa as Joe Schmidt sweats on Jared Payne's availability.
Sevens rugby in this country has yet to really grab the attention of the general public but should the women's team seal Olympic qualification in UCD this weekend, it would go a long to putting the sport on the map.
With the eminently compelling series resting on a knife-edge, both Ireland and South Africa will be acutely aware the decisive Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday offers that rare opportunity comprising redemption and glory in equal measure.
Andrew Trimble believes Ireland will go into their series decider against South Africa with their eyes wide open after enduring a torrid final 20 minutes in last Saturday’s second Test.
Coenie Oosthuizen has been called up to the South Africa squad for the final Test against Ireland following the withdrawal of fellow prop Trevor Nyakane.
If anyone deserves an end-of-season rest it's Jack McGrath.
He had his Connacht celebrations cut short and had to postpone his holidays in Mauritius but Tiernan O'Halloran is not complaining after winning his first Ireland cap at Ellis Park last weekend.
Michael Cheika has hit back at suggestions that he has been "bullied" by Eddie Jones in the media exchanges ahead of the first two Test defeats by England and insists his Australia side will not alter their game-plan for the final Test in Sydney.
Jared Payne has emerged as a doubt for Ireland's series decider against South Africa after he sat out training in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
If you listen to the candidates, coaching the Lions appears to be the job nobody wants.
The success of Ireland’s U-20s has not gone unnoticed in South Africa where the senior squad are cheering on their march to the World Cup final in Manchester.
Trevor Nyakane has been forced to withdraw from the South Africa squad to face Ireland in the third Test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Australia coach Michael Cheika is confused by Steven Hansen's claim that he allowed himself to be bullied by Eddie Jones during the Wallabies' series defeat.
SOUTH Africa hit back against Ireland at Ellis Park despite trailing for the majority of the match before ultimately winning 32-26 to tie the series.
James Haskell and Jack Nowell remain in contention for the final instalment of England's quest for a series whitewash of Australia.
Emotions were running high as Ireland's Under-20s made history and secured a place in the World Rugby U-20 Championship final for the first time ever.
Conor Murray says the mood around the Ireland camp is one of frustration and annoyance after history slipped through their grasp last weekend.
For once, an Irish World Cup dream has been enhanced rather than destroyed by meeting Argentina and the confidence Nigel Carolan's men will get from the manner of this awesome display could be enough to propel them to silverware.
Allister Coetzee has a simple philosophy on the game of rugby, and the last 20 minutes at Ellis Park must have been a beautiful sight for sore eyes.
Ireland are through to their first-ever World Rugby Under-20s final following today's masterclass against Argentina. Here are five talking points from that memorable 37-7 win.
Nigel Carolan’s superb side are through to their first World Rugby U-20 Championship final after producing a superb performance to oust Argentina.
Nigel Carolan's Ireland bid to make the final of World Rugby U-20 Championship for the first time as they face Argentina in Manchester at 5.30pm.
Australia's misery at their series defeat by England has intensified after head coach Michael Cheika was accused of allowing Eddie Jones to "bully him".
Robbie Henshaw returned to Ireland last night to undergo knee surgery after a cartilage injury ruled him out of Saturday's series decider against South Africa.
Ireland coach Nigel Carolan is confident his side can step up another notch this evening (kick-off 5.30) and reach a first final of the World Rugby U-20 Championship.
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