Rugby World Cup

Ireland 36 – 6 Italy – Pool C Winners!

Three tries in the second half saw Ireland through to the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup 2011 as Pool C winners! O’Driscoll’s 45th try moved Ireland to 17-9 in the second half and with players all stepping up tot he mark the space was created for Keith Earls to celebrate his 24th birthday… Read more »

Experience to steer Ireland home – Ireland v Italy

A win ? A draw ? A defeat with two bonus point? Nobody really cares which way Ireland do it, all of the above work as results on Sunday which would see Ireland go through to the knockout stages. The euphoria of that win over Australia is over, it’s time to knuckle down. We always knew… Read more »

Paul O’Connell sits out training..

Paul O’Connell is Ireland’s biggest concern ahead of the game against Italy in Pool D on Sunday. The Lions captain picked up a hamstring injury in his superb performance against Australia last week. Whoever loses the Pool D clash faces a trip home, but that won’t force the Ireland management’s hand into risking O’Connell. If… Read more »

Rob Kearney fights back as Italians get personal

Sunday’s World Cup clash between Ireland and Italy turned into a war of words yesterday, sparked by Italian coach Nick Mallett writing off the Irish scrum. In retaliation, Ireland full-back Rob Kearney called on the team to take the Italian remarks “personally”. Italy must beat Ireland to reach the quarter-finals following the bonus-point they secured… Read more »

Murphy expecting tough test against the Italians

Ireland’s Geordan Murphy and Italy’s Martin Castrogiovanni and are Leicester team mates and co-owners of an Italian restaurant business partners so, with their nations due to clash in the World Cup on Sunday, they have been doing their very best to wind each other up. “He’s been texting me. The closer the game gets, I’m… Read more »