Rugby World Cup

“Ultimate Fighting” Rugby

Neil Best insists that there is no need to panic about Ireland after their “Ultimate Fighting” Rugby last week. Battered after two brutal warm-up games they’ll need to step up a gear (and may well meet Italy again in the Quarter Finals!). O’Sullivan will have wanted two tough games for his side knowing that France… Read more »

Scraping by Italy?

IRELAND 23 – 20 ITALY Tries: Trimble O’Gara Troncon Pratichetti Cons: O’Gara 2 Bortolussi De Marigny Pens: O’Gara 2 Bortolussi DG: O’Gara Bortolussi It took a fortunate controversial injury-time try by Ronan O’Gara for Ireland to scrape past the Italians in their World Cup warm-up game last night. For the 14,000 strong crowd it should… Read more »

Boys are back in town!

Battered and bruised from their tough encounter with Bayonne, the Ireland team arrived in Belfast today for the final leg of their World Cup preparations. You have to go back 53 years to find the last time Ireland played a full international at Ulster’s headquarters and the 14,000 extended capacity was sold out in just… Read more »

Gaitan (Argentina) to miss World Cup

Argentinian Centre Martin Gaitan will miss the World Cup after suffering a heart attack. Having played the full 80 minutes in the Puma’s warm-up game in Cardiff, he was later rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains. The 29 year old underwent surgery on Monday morning at the University of Wales hospital and will remain… Read more »

Tewhata suspended over punch

The French federation have suspended Bayonne’s Mike Tewhata after his punch on Brian O’Driscoll in a World Cup warmup match ruled out the Ireland captain for his team’s opener against Namibia next month. “The investigation is not only on the Tewhata incident but on the whole game,” French federation president Bernard Lapasset said Saturday.