Friday, June 13, 2014

We want to see Ireland kick more arse faster this weekend!


Ireland have made a number of changes to their lineup for Saturdays match with Argentina. This is a lot more like Irelands’ full team, and we want to see them kick more arse faster! Good to see some new names on the bench with Rob Herring, James Herring and Noel Reid getting the opportunity to show their wares. Argentina bring in two new players, but with most of their big names gone, I can’t see that they’ll be able to offer more than intensity and physicality, so a decent win for Ireland.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Fergus McFadden, 12 Darren Cave, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best , 1 Dave Kilcoyne
Replacements:16 Rob Herring, 17 James Cronin, 18 Jack McGrath, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Noel Reid

The All Blacks will hoping that the rust has been scrubbed off this week as they take on a full strength England side. Did England make New Zealand angry last weekend? Will they pay for it this weekend? I’m expecting it to be another tight match, still a home victory though. I interested to see how Care’s tempo will influence the English game. England play Canterbury on Tuesday and will play in special jerseys, which will later be auctioned and the funds donated to the Canterbury rugby earthquake charitable trust. Fair play.

Australia get to face the full French team this week. With Parra starting, France should at least be competitive, hopefully they’ve done a bit of tackling practice, but I think they’ll still lose.

Wales are looking for a clean sweep against the Springboks. Good to be positive, buuut… Wales are going to have to pull an awesome performance out the bag to do that, they haven’t been playing well for ages, and South Africa are just dripping with talent and experience. I think the Boks will get home easily enough.
Scotland have win under their belts as they face Canada  next. Canada should be tougher competition than the USA were, but the form is with the Scottish, so they should get that one over the line.

Finally, emerging Ireland take on Russia tonight, some real new faces there, but they should still do the business.

Emerging Ireland v Russia
15- Johne Murphy (Young Munster/Munster)*14- Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)13- Eoin Griffin (Galwegians/Connacht)* 12- Stuart McCloskey (Dungannon/Ulster)* 11- Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Munster)* 10 - Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 9- Paul Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)
1- Callum Black (Malone/Ulster)* 2- Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)* 3- Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster) 4- Mick Kearney (Clontarf/Connacht)* 5- David Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
6- Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)*C 7- Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 8- Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)*

International Match
Saturday , June 14
New Zealand vs England 
Australia vs France 
South Africa vs Wales 
Canada vs Scotland 19:00
Argentina vs Ireland 

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