Saturday, February 2, 2013

WALES v IRELAND 6 Nations International Championship


Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium
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Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Wales begins its defence of the 6 Nations Championship with a home test against Ireland.

Wales’ 2012 season was in tatters by the beginning of December. A 3-nil series loss to Australia in Australia (where all results were lost by a point or so) and then the November Autumn internationals and a 3-0 loss meant that Wales were on the slippery slope and heading downwards.

Head Coach Warren Gatland has been absent for much of Wales’ 2012 test matches. An injury in New Zealand just before the tour of Wales meant that Rob Howley took the reigns and then his appointment as the coach of the 2013 British and Irish Lions team in Australia distracted him away from the Welsh side again. This must surely be having an effect on the team.

On the other Ireland boasted a big win over Argentina and a narrow loss to South Africa in its Autumn campaign. Their tails are up and Wales could be in for a rough game and another loss.

Last Five Encounters
05.02.2012 Wales 23-21 in Dublin (6 Nations)
08.10.2012 Wales 22-10 in Wellington (World Cup Quarter Final)
12.03.2011 Wales 19-13 in Cardiff (6 Nations)
13.03.2010 Ireland 27-12 in Dublin (6 Nations)
21.03.2009 Ireland 17-15 in Cardiff (6 Nations)

The 2009 result saw Ireland take the Championship and the ‘Grand Slam’.

For a complete list of all Ireland and Welsh international test rugby results go to

Ireland Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
24.11.2012 v Argentina W 46-24 in Dublin
10.11.2012 v South Africa L 12-16 in Dublin
23.06.2012 v New Zealand L 0-60 in Hamilton
16.06.2012 v New Zealand L 19-22 in Christchurch
09.06.2012 v New Zealand L 10-42 in Auckland

Wales Last Five P 5, L 5

01.12.2012 v Australia L 12-14 in Cardiff
24.11.2012 v New Zealand L10-33 in Cardiff
16.11.2012 v Samoa L19-26 in Cardiff
10.11.2012 v Argentina L 12-26 in Cardiff
23.06.2012 v Australia L 19-20 in Sydney

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Ireland 8th, Wales 11th
Europe Table-Wales 1st, Ireland 4th

IRB Ranking Points
Ireland 80.22, Wales 78.39

Prediction: Ireland by 3 points




15   Robert Kearney Leinster
14   Craig Gilroy Ulster
13   Brian O'Driscoll Leinster
12   Gordon D'Arcy  Leinster
11   Simon Zebo  Munster
10   Jonathan Sexton  Leinster
9   Conor Murray  Munster
8   James Heaslip (Capt.) Leinster
7   Sean O'Brien Leinster
6   Peter O'Mahony  Munster
5   Donnacha Ryan  Munster
4   Michael McCarthy  Connacht
3   Michael Ross  Leinster
2   Rory Best  Ulster
1   Cian Healy  Leinster
16   Sean Cronin  Leinster
17   David Kilcoyne  Munster
18   Declan Fitzpatrick Ulster
19   Donncha O'Callaghan  Munster
20   Christopher Henry  Ulster
21   Eoin Reddan  Leinster
22   Ronan O'Gara  Munster
23   Keith Earls Munster
    HEAD COACH: Declan Kidney

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15   Leigh Halfpenny  Cardiff Blues
14   Alexander Cuthbert  Cardiff Blues
13   Jonathan Davies Llanelly Scarlets
12   James Roberts  Cardiff Blues
11   George North Llanelly Scarlets
10   Daniel Biggar  Neath Swansea Ospreys
9   Michael Phillips  Bayonne, France
8   Tobias Faletau  Newport Gwent Dragons
7   Samuel Warburton (Capt.) Neath Swansea Ospreys
6   Aaron Shingler  Llanelly Scarlets
5   Ian Evans Neath Swansea Ospreys
4   Andrew Coombs Newport Gwent Dragons
3   Adam Jones Neath Swansea Ospreys
2   Matthew Rees  Llanelly Scarlets
1   Gethin Jenkins  Toulon, France
16   Kenneth Owens  Llanelly Scarlets
17   Paul James Bath Rugby, England
18   Craig Mitchell Exeter Chiefs, England
19   Oliver Kohn London Harlequins, England
20   Justin Tupuric  Neath Swansea Ospreys
21   Lloyd Williams Cardiff Blues
22   James Hook Perpignan, France
23   Scott Williams  Llanelly Scarlets
    HEAD COACH: Robert Howley (Interim)

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