Wednesday 22 May 2019

Five great days for the fans masterminded by Joe

Joe Schmidt. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Joe Schmidt. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland claim first win on South African soil - South Africa 20 Ireland 26, June 11, 2016

On the back of winning two consecutive Six Nations titles, Ireland ramped up their stature on the world stage by beating South Africa in their own back yard for the first time.

Ireland finally beat the All Blacks for the first time - Ireland 40 New Zealand 29, November 5, 2016

111 years was a long wait but Ireland eventually helped ease the painful memories of the past by stunning New Zealand in Chicago.

In what was the most complete performance to date under Schmidt, Ireland dominated the All Blacks.

Ireland win a third Grand Slam - England 15 Ireland 24, March 17, 2018

A Grand Slam sealed by convincingly beating England at Twickenham, it doesn't get much better.

The writing had perhaps been on the wall ever since Johnny Sexton's stunning 'Le Drop' at the Stade de France as Ireland built up a huge amount of momentum from that last-gasp victory over France.

Ireland seal first series win in Australia since 1979 - Australia 16 Ireland 20, June 23, 2018

Having got their Australian tour off to a losing start, Ireland stormed back to win the second and third Tests to get another considerable monkey off their backs.

Ireland beat All Blacks at home for first time - Ireland 16 New Zealand 9, November 17, 2018

Ireland built on their greatest ever season by beating the All Blacks in a ruthlessly clinical manner that had Schmidt's fingerprints all over it.

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