Tyler Bleyendaal And Bundee Aki Two New Faces In Ireland Rugby

The team of Ireland rugby is taking training in Carton House, their training base, and those who will be there to watch the session, will be pleased to see two fresh faces in the gear of Ireland training.

For their sessions, the players were running out in the Kildare grounds, and they will stay here for this entire week, when the Tyler Bleyendaal and Bundee Aki from New Zealand emerged.

Under the three-year residency rule of World Rugby, in the next month, Aki will become eligible to play for the team Ireland. It means that he will play in the international series of Ireland of Rugby, which will take place in the month of November. In the series the team will play against South Africa, Argentina and Fiji.

It is expected that Joe Schmidt will name his squad for the internationals of November in the coming few weeks, and for the Aki’s involvement, this is certainly a positive sign.

Over the few years, speculation and uncertainty were there with regards to the involvement of Aki in the international tournament, as he never spoke about this in any of his interview, he gave in the recent days.
It has been just less than four months in an interview on TV3 with Sinead Kissane, in phenomenal fashion, he beat around that bush.

In the interview when the question was asked about his possibility of playing the international, he said, “If Schmidt calls me up, will certainly say.”

He said, “Any other footballer (professional) wants to play international, however, at the moment, I am here just to play for Connacht and like I said, my first jobs is to play for Connacht.”

He said he has the dream to play international, just like any other players, but only when the time will come.


The past four seasons in Leinster has not been very easy for James Tracy especially with the ferocious competition, yet he has been able to fight through the ranks at the club.

Now he is looking to cement and establish himself in the pecking order of the Ireland Rugby team at Test level.
After making 26 appearances for his province this season, he was rewarded with a first cap off the bench for Ireland as a result of his consistent performance.

His debut match against Canada last November at the Aviva Stadium ended in a 52-21 victory for Ireland.
It’s been a steady climb for the Leinster hooker as he has had two other appearances from the bench for the team after the first. One was in the Six Nations were Ireland faced off against Italy.

The second was last Saturday against Japan were Ireland came off victorious with a 50-22 win.

He is now looking forward to his first test start in Tokyo against the Brave Blossoms in the rematch holding on Saturday.

“I think any competitive person in any environment wants to be playing,” said Tracy.

“If I get the opportunity I’d love it. It would be an honour to pull on the jersey again. Hopefully I do, but if I don’t, we can move on.”

The hooker position is quite competitive and Joe Schmidt has quite an abundance of players to choose from.

There’s Rory Best, who is currently on Duty in New Zealand with the Lions, Dave Heffernan, Niall Scannell, Sean Cronin and Tracy all vying for a starting berth.

The 26 year old will not be taking anything for granted this weekend as he looks to fend off competition for a starting spot from the likes of Heffernan and Scannell.

Ireland Under-19 Team Name For Japan Game

Kieran Campbell the Ireland Under-19 head coach, his assistant coaches Ambrose Conboy and Hugh Hogan have announced the name of the team players who are going to play in Japan U-19s at Donnybrook.

The Ireland U-19 squad is sponsored by PwC, will have players from 20 different schools and clubs, including the likes of James Hume, the winner of RBAI’s Ulster Schools Senior Cup and Leinster Schools of Belvedere Senior Cup-winning side Hugh O’Sullivan, Max Kearney and Michael Lowry.

David McCarthy and Diarmuid Barron have regularly featured in Division 1A for Garryowen of the Ulster Bank League in this season. On the other hand, Jordan Duggan (Naas) and Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch) have performed strongly in the Division 1B.

The player Corinthians’ Sean Masterson, who made his U-20 Ireland debut opposite France last month, is also going to be the part of the event and he will pack down at number 8. He will be seen with Tom O’Toole of Campbell College who captained U-19s Ulster to the IRFU U-19 Interprovincial title at this season, he is selected at tight-head prop.

The Under-19s touring Japan will play four matches in Ireland. This will be the part of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. All the matches will be played in this month itself.
The youngsters of Japan have lined out against Connacht and Munster already, winning 24-10 and losing 17-7 respectively. They are going to face the Ulster Under-19s this evening at CIYMS RFC.

The UNDER-19 teams of Ireland are
Conor Wharton of Leeds Beckett, University, Mark Keane of Instonians, James Hume of RBAI, David McCarthy of Garryowen, Peter Sullivan of St. Andrew’s College, Michael Lowry of RBAI, Hugh O’Sullivan of Belvedere College. The list of replacement students is also announced by the coaches on the occasion.


The world governing body for Rugby has said that it is too early to speculate on any potential rule changes.

The statement by the body came on the heels of the controversial tactics employed by Italy in their game against England.

The Azzurri, who ended up in a 36-15 defeat by the English side at the Twickenham on Sunday, refused to engage in rucks.

After the match, Eddie Jones was quick to criticize the playing style and tactics employed by their Italian counterparts, noting that such ploys should be closely looked into by the law-makers.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for World Rugby said that the body could try to ‘clarify’ the law, instead of drastically making changes to it.

Italy’s plan which was masterminded by Brendan Venter, Italy’s defence coach left no offside line after a tackle had taken place.

As such, the half-backs of the Azzurri then crowded an unsettled England backline.

At half time, England were 10-5 down. However, they were quick to recover in the second half of the game, thus securing a bonus point win.

Conor O’Shea, Italy’s head coach gave credit to Brendan for his wonderful tactics.

He also went on to reveal how their plan had almost scampered before the day ended. According to him, Romain Poite, the referee for the game told the coaching team of the Italian side that during the week, some changes had been made to the laws.

According to him, the original idea involved directly targeting England’s scrum-half Danny Care once they had successfully rejected the idea of a ruck. However, Poite let them know that they could no longer legally challenge the scrum-half. He made mention of how an offside in their game against the Ireland Rugby team was later clarified as being onside.


This November has seen Ireland gain a lot of success which have seen a lot of interest being generated towards the Six Nations scheduled to hold next year.

For the Ireland Rugby Team who are coming off fresh from wins in games played against New Zealand and Australia, they would be playing only two games in Dublin during the 2017 Six Nations championship.

Already, tickers are on ground for the games and rarely go on sale, as they are first offered to schools and local rugby clubs before the remainders are sold via IRFU supporters’ club.

However, the tickets are already appearing online on a number of tickets selling sites such as Viagogo and Stubhub where scores of them are listed for as much as between £395 and £3,000 for one ticket.

The first clashes which would be played against France and England successively, will hold at the Aviva stadium and these online ticket sites are estimating that they would have finished selling these tickets before the year comes to an end.

Would-be attendees of the games are also being warned that prices of the tickets have been rising in the last three days and will only continue to rise further.

Last time where Ireland hosted France in Dublin, a warning had to be issued by the IRFU asking the public to avoid purchasing any tickets from unofficial sellers.
This came on the heels of the loss of 144 tickets in transit, which were unaccounted for.

In the past, they have also warned that tickets can be traced and actions would be taken against clubs, if it is found out that they deliberately flooded the black market with tickets supposed to be for their members.

On the 2nd of February next year, Ireland will be playing their first Six Nations clash at Murrayfield against Scotland.

GET Solutions Wins Slot On Ireland Team’s Jersey

GET Solutions, the leading energy consultancy company in Ireland, has earned a sponsorship deal with the Irish national rugby team.

The company’s name will feature on the shirt of the international Irish rugby team. GET Solutions will be having their company’s name back on the Ireland team jersey for four international fixtures that the team will be playing very soon. This also includes a couple of world cup qualifying games.

GET Solutions is pretty happy to have the struck the deal of being a main sponsor of the Irish team jersey. There was a tough competition among many companies to feature on the Ireland rugby league team’s jersey and GET Solution piped the rest to win the sponsor’s deal.
GET Solutions, located in Cellbridge, Co Kildare, will be joining the team’s main sponsor and leading pub group McGettigan’s on the team jersey. Their name will be featured in the Irish team jersey when they take on Malta on October 8th and Jamaica on October 16th at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray.

The name of GET Solutions will also be showcased on the Ireland team jersey when the team plays Spain on October 22 in Valencia and Russia on October 29th in Bray for the World Cup qualifiers. That’s not all. GET Solutions will also be the guests for the Rugby League Ireland for the three matches that is played at home in Bray and will be gifted with a matching jersey with the company’s name on it.

Charlie Grendon, the MD of GET Solutions, said that the company is pretty much thrilled and honored to have won a shirt sponsorship deal with the Irish Rugby League team. They are happy to be associated with one of the most popular sports in Ireland today. The company is looking forward to see their logo on Ireland team’s jersey shortly.

Ireland Rugby Team Well Positioned Against South Africa

The second test that is coming up would have a rugby team of Ireland playing. They would be playing for South Africa.

There have been five changes that is definitely a first. Quinn Roux is a South African born player who would be making a debut for the Irish team. There have been considerable changes after the historic victory the team had in Cape Town. Tadgh Furlong as well as Rhys Ruddock could be part of the pack as well. Ruddock is also set to play the role of an open side flank player. Ian Henderson would be playing on the blind side. He would be substituting CJ Stander who has been suspended for the time being.

Ireland is set to take on South Africa at the Johannesburg venue this weekend. Among the several changes that have come about in the Ireland team Quinn Roux is one of the changes made. Though he is an uncapped player, he brings in great potential for the team. In the second test that is coming up this weekend Joe Schmidt has made several changes in the selections for his squad.

The five changes that have been made and seven changes in totality include several uncapped players being added to the team. These are players like Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Quinn Roux, Tadh Furlong and Rhys Ruddock. The latter would be starting on the open side. He has been playing for Springboks in November 2014. These players are coming in for players who are unwell like Chris Henry or Ian Henderson who has switched to the blind side from the lock. There might be more players coming off the bench to play in the forthcoming game. It remains to be seen how well the new players sync with the old. It would definitely be an interesting match to watch.

Ireland Rugby Team Gets A New Coach

Ireland gets a French coach for a small rugby club located in West Cork.

Munster rugby has obtained a celebratory coach recently. Johan Erasmus would be taking up the director position in this province. Even though this club might be still at amateur levels, it has definitely taken a step to spruce up its acts and to help the team develop skills to the next level.

If you look at Bandon RFC, it is a local club of rugby which has been found in a town that has about 6500 people as its population. Regis Sonnes has been hired to coach for the team who is considered one of the premier coaches among Top 14 forwards. Sonnes will be coaching the first team and oversee the development of different age grades as well. This will commence from the next season. Sonnes had been coaching star players at Bordeaux Begles. Now he would be working with players developing their amateur rugby playing skills. This move was possible when the club has partnered with the Bandon Grammar School. They are pooling together their resources so that they are able to afford the services of a full time coach who would be able to look into the development of both teams.

Conor Slattery is the director of Rugby for Bandon. He had acquaintance with the captain of Bordeaux Begles team and when he stated that he was looking for a coach, Sonnes was suggested by him. Sonnes was also looking to get some experience in coaching teams overseas. Even though Sonnes is one of the best coaches of the Top 14 it would have been hard to convince him to move to a small town in Ireland. Hence, the Frenchman was invited to visit West Cork with his wife. Once they saw the place and what was being offered, Sonnes was ready to come on.

Ireland Wins Match Against England in Six Nations Rugby

There is indeed a possibility that the Ireland Rugby Team will be able to win the Grand Slam of this year’s Six Nations Rugby competition.

In the match between the England Rugby team and the Irish Rugby Team that was scheduled to take place in Dublin on 1st March, Sunday, the former was defeated by a considerably large margin, the final score of the English team stood at 9 while that of their opponents was 19.

Before the match, both the sides looked equally strong but the match clearly was one sided. If the English team managed to defeat the Irish team then they would have secured for themselves a position in Grand Slam which hasn’t happened in twelve years.

The 29 years old Jonathan Sexton playing for the Irish team managed to score in four penalties and the 21 years old Robbie Henshaw of the Irish team scored a try in second half.

The Ireland Team was leading by a margin which can be indeed very tough for any team to overcome. But England failed to perform up to the mark in almost every aspect of the game. In the beginning of the Six Nations rugby, England did not have to face any defeat and they were very optimistic about this game also so this defeat should teach them a valuable lesson. Overall, the England Rugby team had the ball in their possession for a very little amount of time in that match. The 45 years old Stuart Lancaster is the current head coach of the team. Ireland has games ahead at Scotland and Wales.

This month will be crucial for the Irish team for becoming the Six Nations Rugby Champion. Ireland team has won Six Nations Rugby title the year before. It has been six years since they won Grand Slam last. After winning the Match against England, the Irish team is in an upbeat mood.

Ireland Rugby Team could win Rugby World Cup, says former England hero

Will Greenwood, a former Rugby World Cup winner with the England team, has the Ireland Rugby Team to secure the title this time around and has them backed at 25/1 since April last year as well.

Greenwood is currently employed as an expert by Sky Sports and he expected Ireland to come out of Pool D in first place, ahead of both France and Italy and he also thinks that in Joe Schmidt, the team has one of the best coaches in the world, which marginally tips the balance in their favour as well.

He said that he began putting his money on the Ireland team from April, backing them at 25/1. He added that he is very optimistic about the Ireland Rugby Team topping their pool and Greenwood also believes that England will managed to top their pool as well, which means that there is a high possibility of these two sides meeting in the semi final stages.

Greenwood said that many might consider England favourites in such a scenario, especially when the tournament is taking place on home soil, but he feels the presence of Schmidt might just clinch it for Ireland.

According to the former England man, Schmidt is one of the best coaches in the world at this time. He is shrewd and his tactics are flawless and the world rugby has witnessed this in his planning for Leinster when they went on all conquering spree a few years back.

He has also backed Schmidt to be named as the new head coach of the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand in the summer of 2017, when his duties with the Ireland Rugby Team will be over, adding that his credentials make him the perfect man to take over such a difficult job.