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Chief Executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union Phillip Browne (second left) arriving at the Department of Health on Baggot Street in Dublin for a meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris earlier

This afternoon.

The IRFU has released the following statement:

The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisors today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6/8 March.

At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments’ need to protect public health in relation to the Coronavirus.

We were then advised, formally, that The National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health.

The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.

We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days.

IRFU Statement On Ireland’s Six Nations Matches Against Italy (IRFU)

Earlier: Proportionate Measures




Irish Rugby coach Andy Farrell announced the Irish squad (top pic) when Ireland faces England this Sunday in Twickenham for the Six Nations.

Ireland name unchanged side as Caelan Doris starts from the bench (RTÉ)




Ireland Team Named For Twickenham (Irish Rugby)

Andy Farrell (left) will replace Joe Schmidt as irish rugby coach

The New Zealander will be replaced by Ireland’s current defence coach Andy Farrell. Schmidt replaced Declan Kidney as Ireland coach in 2013 and won back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2014 and 2015.

Farrell joined the Ireland set-up in April 2016 as defence coach, having departed the same role with England, where he worked under current Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster.

Andy Farrell to replace Schmidt as Ireland coach after 2019 World Cup (RTÉ)

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From top: Mick and Jack at the Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua; Rugby Goggles.

Look into the eyes.

Mick writes:

I am the parent of a boy who has been told by his coach at a local rugby club that in accordance with I.R.F.U. rules he can no longer play rugby as he has to wear protective goggles. Jack is seven. In the interest of equality and fairness I am appealing to the I.R.F.U. to reconsider its nonparticipation in the IRB Approved Protective Goggles Trial.

According to Marc Douglas (IRB), who has been contacted as part of this appeal “…the Goggles Trial [ to see if the eyewear can be worn without causing injury to any player] is ongoing and has been very successful … The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive and it has enabled a large cross section of people to get into and get back into playing rugby….”The IRB “… are hoping that the goggles will become law soon”.

Naturally Jack is distraught as he cannot participate in rugby, a sport that he loves as he requires glasses. All I am asking for is that the I.R.F.U. sign up for the trial. Please sign our petition to support Jack and other people like him and allow them participate in rugby.

Mick’s petition has currently 704 signatures.

You can sign it here.

World Rugby Goggles Global Law Trial (World Rugby)

Mini and Leprechaun Rugby Regulations (Irish Rugby)

Thanks Anne-Marie McNally

Alroysh you.

Tight haircut Fergus McFadden and rugby-loving tykes celebrating the arrival of Ireland’s tightest, greenest and most ‘tech-laden’ jersey to date at the country’s only official Rugby World Cup 2015 store in The Loop at Dublin Airport.

Red-eyed rugby fans passing through The Loop on Friday morning at 4am [FOUR AM] can take advantage of a 20% discount on the new official sans sponsor logo shirt.

*sets alarm clock*

The Loop Shop




No cash, favours, shirts, etc. given for this post

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For the weekend that’s nearly in it.

Saturday, March 16th, 1985.

An extremley fast, fresh faced Irish rugby side – containing Mick “Kick” Kiernan, Brendan Mullen, Trevor Ringland and Keith Crossan – travelled to Cardiff Arms Park with murmurings of another ‘Tripler’ on the cards. Wales, outpaced, outthought and outskilled rolled over.

Edmund Van Esbeck of the Irish Times said:

Prior to the match on Saturday, there was a very significant gesture by the Ireland side – As they stood for the Welsh anthem, all the players linked arms as a mark of their solidarity. Never was that characteristic better exemplified than this truly remarkable match.

That night, on the jukebox? Yep!

Bonus Thornley wears an ear stud footage

Images: Ebay

Previously: Campbell’s Coup, 1982

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Three players boycotted Ireland’s 1981 tour to South Africa, Hugo MacNeill (top), the late Moss Keane (centre) and Tony Ward.

The committee (South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee) said its chairman, Ambassador B. Alporode Clark of Nigeria, had sent letters yesterday to three Irish and two New Zealand rugby players commending them for their decision not to play for their national teams against South Africa.
The Irish team to play Scotland at Murrayfield a week tomorrow, is scheduled to tour South Africa in May and the South African team will play New Zealand if they tour there later this year. Their players, Hugo MacNeill, Tony Ward, and Moss Keane have told the Irish selectors they cannot travel to South Africa for moral reasons.

Glasgow Herald, March 13, 1981.


Can we get through one sporting endeavour without mentioning the hooch?

“Not in your wildest Guinness-fuelled fantasies could you have predicted this.”

Brian Moore, former England hooker following Rob Kearney’s first half try against the All Blacks yesterday…



New Zealand yesterday perform their traditional post-match singalong to Red Red Wine by UB40 (@4.45).

Via Learggh