Ireland hosted New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday in a game that saw Garry Ringrose named as a replacement. However, due to an injury early on, Garry came on with just eleven minutes on the clock for his second international cap. A solid performance, with some fantastic attacking lines and a great defensive display from Garry, was not enough as Ireland lost 9-21.
Wasps took on Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, but lost out 18-36 away from home. The game marked Marty Moore’s return from a short spell on the sidelines as he came on as a replacement early in the second half having recovered fully from a neck injury.
Saracens travelled to Sale Sharks on Sunday afternoon in the Aviva Premiership. Saracens emerged victorious by a 28-13 scoreline, with Navy Blue’s Mark Flanagan continuing his run of games for Sarries as a replacement in the second half.
Jerry Sexton’s London Irish made it nine wins from nine, as they defeated Cornish Pirates 35-24 away from home to stay top of the Greene King IPA Championship table. Jerry came on in the second row with 58 mins on the clock.
James Coughlan played the full 80 minutes for Pau at no.8 as Brive defeated them 38-25 in an entertaining Top14 game. This result sees Pau sit 12th in the standings after 12 matches.
Agen’s solid start to the start of the PRO D2 season continued with a 23-6 victory over Perpignan. Dave Ryan started the game at tighthead prop and the win sees Agen sit 3 points behind table toppers Colomiers, having played one game less.
Danny Kenny started at blindside flanker, and Peter Lydon started at fullback as London Scottish lost out 16-17 to Richmond in a tight Greene King IPA Championship match. Both Navy Blue clients played the full game for the Scots, with Peter kicking two penalties from the tee.
Willie Ryan’s Ealing Trailfinders managed to secure a losing bonus point against Nottingham with a late try in their 13-17 defeat to Nottingham, to keep them in third place in the Championship table. Willie continued as a regular in the Trailfinders side, again starting the match at blindside flanker.
Isa Nacewa appeared at Newstalk’s Off The Ball Roadshow at the RDS on Thursday night. Isa spoke with Brian O’Driscoll, Pat Lam & All Black legend Zinzan Brooke about his time at Leinster Rugby while the capacity crowd listened to some great anecdotes from all on stage.
Fergus McFadden continues his rehab on a thigh injury and is looking forward to getting back playing for Leinster . He is keeping busy though and was in Doha on Saturday working as a studio pundit for beIN SPORTS on their coverage of the weekends international matches.
Jordi Murphy underwent successful knee surgery last week after the injury he sustained in Ireland’s victory against the All Blacks two weeks ago. One of our younger player’s Billy Dardis in Leinster is also closing in on being available to play again after suffering a shoulder injury in August.
Connacht’s Matt Healy is back in training, so hopes to be in contention to play this week or else next week. His team mate Eoghan Masterson is also closing in on playing again for Connacht later next month after suffering a bad knee injury last season.
Scrumhalf Tomás O’Leary is making a good recovery after sustaining a medial knee injury a couple of weeks back for Montpellier.