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Ireland’s under 20s have beaten New Zealand 33-24 this afternoon in Manchester at the World Rugby U20s Championship.

They join the senior women’s team in having the honour of beating the All Blacks at test level.

Laces out Johnny.


Meanwhile, in South Africa.

Final score: South Africa 20 Ireland 26

Pic: Irish Rugby

World Rugby U20 Championship



From the The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) in partnership with Zurich

Tackle Your Feelings.

A new mental wellbeing campaign that sees “national and international rugby stars come forward to tell their own personal story of the issues they have faced off the pitch”.

Emma Walsh, of IRUPA writes:

Munster Scrum-Half, Cathal Sheridan is one of the first players to come forward and tell his own personal story [more at link below].

Tackle Your Feelings


For the day that’s in it.

Annie West writes:

Look what I found (above) in the back of the drawer…

When men were men and players had proper, full-time work.

Final score: Ireland 12 Scotland 8





This afternoon.

Scotland fans in Temple Bar, Dublin. From top: Oscar Munson, from Devon, England, Hanna Main from Glasgow, and Willie Abren from Glasgow.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Ireland 1972 5 Nations

For the weekend that’s nearly in it.

Saturday, January 29, 1972.

The final 5 Nations game between France and Ireland to be staged at Stade Colombes, Paris.

The championship that never was.

Five new Irish caps, all fine, young, inordinately hairy men, They heaved against the veterns de rugby francais and gritted it out for an historic and most unlikely victory (France 9 Ireland 14).

Paul McWeeney writing in the following Monday’s Irish Times said:

It was a sobering thought before the match, when asked if I had ever seen Ireland win at Colombes, to realise that, in fact, only myself and one or two other of my British press colleagues had ever had the pleasure, nor was I all that optimistic that I would ever see it again.


Previously: Frogger 1983

Retro Rugby on Broadsheet.ie

Photo credit: Lineout Coach


It’s worse than an all boys boarding school.

Ahead of Ireland’s le crunch game against France this weekend, Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw talk about life in camp and the importance of bagman Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly.

Paul O’Connell gushes:

..he’s the most positive man on the planet, he’s the go to man, if you’re feeling low, you can always get a Dairy Milk or some wine gums..

Roll, away.

*flicks towel*

Three Ireland