Rugby World Cup

Sixth in the IRB Rankings

Ireland started the World Cup eighth in the IRB World Rankings, but after an action packed few weeks Ireland are now ranked sixth as they turn their attention to the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship. IRB WORLD RANKINGS (as of Monday, October 24): Last week’s positions in brackets – 1(1)¬†NEW ZEALAND 91.43 rating points 2(2)¬†AUSTRALIA… Read more »

O’Brien in the Top Five!

Despite only making it to the quarter finals with Ireland in New Zealand, Sean O’Brien has been selected as one of the top five players in the tournament. O’Brien who won’t turn 25 until February came into the tournament as ERC European Player of the Year and he clearly delivered on his reputation playing in… Read more »

Wales 22 – 10 Ireland

It’s over… Wales soaked up all of the pressure and delivered killer blows when it counted to secure a spot in the Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals. Wales owe their win to their defence who, for 60 minutes took a battering and then returned two huge blows to ensure they were in the semifinal for the… Read more »

Wales here we come…

O’Gara gets the nod again to start in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales at Wellington Regional Stadium, having seen off Sexton for the starting spot against Italy he’s done it again. Kidney has brushed aside concerns that Wales will target O’Gara’s defensive capabilities. Rory Best will under a late fitness test on a… Read more »

Fifth in the IRB Rankings

A 30 point victory over Italy, and France’s shock defeat to Tonga mean Ireland have moved into fifth place in the IRB Rankings. Tonga’s reward for one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history sees them make a massive leap in the rankings, meaning they now sit one below France who have dropped… Read more »