The June doubleheader between Japan and Ireland is all set to kick off in Shizuoka. This will be a prelude to the World Cup pool rival clash that the two teams will be having during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Ireland is looking to make a good meal out of these two games against Japan. The game at Shizuoka will be the first meeting between the two teams after a span of 12 years. There is a lot at stake in the doubleheader and both teams are aware of that.
The coach of the Irish team, Joe Schmidt, has brought in quite a bit of change to the team. He has changed six players in the team that earned a 55-19 victory over the USA last weekend. This gives Luke McGrath, Andrew Conway, Dan Leavy and Rory Scannell their first starts during the game on June 17. Continue reading “Ireland Ready To Take On Japan”
The Ireland team faced Scotland on Sunday, 4th June at the AIA Stadium. Located in Kutaisi, this place was the venue for the Under 20 Championship campaign. The start was miserable for their team in this world rugby tournament. They had obtained runners up position in 2016 but this year it seems as if they would be exiting early from Pool B in the tournament that is being held at Georgia. Here in Scotland gained a win, but it was a narrow one, the final scores being 32-28.
Scotland succeeded in five tries. They did lose out in the opening match that they played against New Zealand, but they recovered in this one. Continue reading “Ireland’s Fate In U20 Match”
Ireland would be playing Scotland in the U20 World Cup finals. The team faces a difficult task at this stage. Peter Malone realizes the difficulties for his team, especially as the final approach. Ireland was able to defeat Italy in the opening game. They now need to win against Scotland as well as New Zealand if they wish to reach the semi finals.
If they are able to secure a win, Ireland will be able to hope that they will gain a slot in the runner up positions. Malone’s side has only won by a single point when they played in Six Nations. Hence, they are expecting a formidable test when they face the Scots. Continue reading “Ireland Take On Scotland In U20”