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RUGBY: Considine, McMahon and Ireland see World Cup dreams end

IRELAND suffered a heartbreaking 20-18 defeat to Scotland as they saw their World Cup dreams banished, reports Ivan Smyth. With Clare’s Eimear Considine and Edel McMahon both starting, Ireland led this game by 18-13 heading in to the 80th minute. However, Chloe Rollie scored a try for Scotland before Sarah Law tapped over the conversion against Ireland’s 14 players. With Italy top of the table heading in to this game, the equation was simple for Ireland beforehand. A bonus point win would see them finish top of the table and qualify for the World Cup. The girls in green also had the safety net of a place in the repechage qualifying tournament with a second-place finish. A draw would also have meant Ireland finished second place in a group containing Scotland, Italy and Spain. Considine threatened in attack in the opening half while McMahon looked assured in the back row as Ireland failed to make their forays forward count on …

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RUGBY: Considine named in Ireland squad for crunch World Cup matches

CLARE’S Eimear Considine has been named in Ireland’s squad for three crucial games that could see them qualify for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021, reports Ivan Smyth. Considine crossed the whitewash twice when Ireland defeated Wales 45-0 in the opening round of this year’s Six Nations campaign, cementing her place in Adam Griggs’ squad. She can play as a winger, but was used at full-back in this year’s Six Nations, starting all three games. Considine is one of six Munster women named in the 28 strong panel. Ireland are preparing to go head-to-head with hosts Italy, Spain and Scotland for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021, which will be held next year. Griggs’ side will face Spain in their opening game on Monday, September 13, (5pm Irish time) before meeting Six Nations rivals Italy in Round 2 on Sunday, September 19, (2pm Irish time) and Scotland in Round 3 on Saturday, September 25 (5pm Irish time). The …

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Considine returns to full-back for Ireland in Six Nations opener

HEAD Coach Adam Griggs has named Clare’s Eimear Considine at full-back in his Ireland Match Day 23 to face Wales in Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations game in Cardiff. Considine returns to number 15 as one of the three changes in personnel from the victory over Italy last time out. Ireland will be captained by Ciara Griffin in the opening game of their 2021 Championship campaign at Cardiff Arms Park (Kick-off 5pm, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player), with Griggs’ starting XV showing three changes to the side that beat Italy at Energia Park last October. Commenting on his selection, Head Coach Griggs says the competition for places within the squad has intensified in recent weeks as the squad stepped up their preparations at the IRFU High Performance Centre. “We are extremely confident in the squad we have selected,” he said. “We have had a great deal of time to prepare together and this group of players have earned the responsibility …

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Ennis player selected in Ireland U/18 sevens squad

Chisom Ugwueru of Ennis RFC is one of twelve players named in the Ireland Under 18 Sevens side to compete in Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Jarocin, Poland this weekend.  Chisom is one of two Musnter players selected. This is the final competition for the Ireland U-18 Women’s Sevens squad this season and forms part of the Women’s Sevens Development pathway for this group. They have been drawn in Pool C and will play against Georgia, Latvia and Scotland.  They played in the Home Nations Tournament last month where they finished in third place. Live streaming is available on www.rugbyeurope.tv. The full squad is as follows: Chisom Ugwueru (Ennis/Munster) Grace Browne Moran (Westport/Connacht) Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht) Capt Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht) Leah Reilly (Navan/Leinster) Kate Farrell McCabe (Gorey/Leinster) Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster) Amanda McQuade (Virginia/Ulster) Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster) Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster) India Daley (Enniskillen/ Ulster) Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)

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Great effort by Ennis just falls short

Tullow, Carlow 34 Ennis 27 An all round better balanced Tullow side proved that bit too strong for Ennis in the All-Ireland under 16 rugby cup final at the 4G pitch in Mullingar this afternoon. The Carlow outfit got off to a dream start, scoring a try in the opening minute and they held the lead throughout. That said, Ennis never dropped the heads and battled back strongly, particularly in the second half but the Leinster premier side held the upperhand in the vital areas and deserved their win. “We were on the back foot from the word go. We had prepared well and we thought everything was right for us as the injuries had cleared up but the early score rattled us. We never got ahead and when we scored they hit back with a score. All credit to Tullow, they are a fine team”, Ennis manager Ken Butler said after the game. Tullow kicked off and attacked straight …

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Ennis 16s bidding for All-Ireland rugby title

Ennis RFC will travel en masse to Mullingar on Saturday to watch the U-16s vie for All-Ireland honours against Tullow from County Carlow. The boys have reached this stage of the competition on the back of an unbeaten run over the past two years in Munster, winning both U-14 and U-15 honours. ike a number of his fellow mentors, Butler grew up following the fortunes of Ennis RFC. His late father, Tony, played for the club’s junior team and served in a variety of positions in the executive. “Like a number of the other coaches in the club, I grew up going to games in the old showgrounds every week and developed an interest in the game from there,” said Butler, who recalled the work done at underage level by the likes of Jackie Morris, Joe Moloney, Malcom Lewis and Michael Considine to mention some. “They were very involved in the underage structure, which has expanded a lot in recent …

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Parteen NS kicks off rugby project

Pupils in Parteen National School have kicked off a new rugby project, with a public appeal for assistance in their fact-finding mission. They need help telling the life- stories of the 15 men who played on the Parteen rugby team more than a century ago. A good deal of the pupils’ work will focus on how conflicts drastically altered the lives of the rugby players. ‘United by Sport, Divided by War’ is the theme of the project. The men were united in their love for playing rugby in peacetime but war would ultimately tear their team apart and have a devastating impact on many of their lives. A project team, made up of 17 history-loving pupils and third-class teacher Cathal Crowe, meets after school on Monday to delve into the untold stories of the rugby players. School principal Ger Ruane described this project as a fantastic opportunity for the children. Mr Ruane thanked Mr Crowe for volunteering to do this in his free …

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Anthony Foley honoured with bronze bust

A bust of the late Shannon RFC, Munster and Ireland rugby legend, Anthony Foley, was unveiled on Friday evening at Shannon RFC clubhouse, which is located in Thomond Park. Kilbaha based sculptor Seamus Connolly was commissioned to create the bust of the Killaloe man, who died suddenly in Paris on October 16, 2016. The 42 year old former back row forward was Munster Head Coach at the time of his passing. “It was an honour to be asked to commemorate Anthony. I was approached by Shannon Rugby Club. They wanted to put up a bust and of course I was very excited to do it. Also, there was a lot of pressure because Anthony was a hero for Shannon, Munster and Ireland. I tried to capture the essence of him,” Seamus Connolly told The Clare Champion. “You pick your pose and go ahead with it. After that you hope that everyone is going to be happy. The commissioners have seen …

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