This weekend was a huge one for International rugby as the highly anticipated 2019 Guinness Six Nations first round took place. Ireland hosted England in what was always going to be a tough first game for both sides. England started fast away from home with an early try giving them the advantage for the remainder of the game, beating Ireland 32-20 at home for the first time under Joe Schmidt. Garry Ringrose started in the centre for Ireland providing good attacking intent with limited opportunities. Andrew Porter entered the action after 60 minutes to try help Ireland claw back the lead they had for a brief moment in the 28th minute.
Conor O’Shea’s Italy team travelled to Edinburgh to face an in-form Scottish side. Italy were behind from the start with only a penalty to their names with ten minutes to go. Italy bounced back in the final minutes scoring three tries only to lose out to a strong Scottish line up, 33-20.
The Irish Women’s Rugby team also hosted England in front of a record-breaking Donnybrook crowd of almost 5,000 fans. Fiona Coghlan, ex Irish International was on co-commentary duty for RTE’s coverage of Friday night’s fixture. To hear about what Fiona has to say about this years, Six Nations head over to both Her.ie (https://bit.ly/2t50Yjl) and Sportsjoe.ie (https://bit.ly/2WAUDK6)
Dave McIntyre was in action for Virgin Media from the commentary box for two of the opening games of this years Guinness Six Nations tournament. Dave started with the tournament opener on Friday night when France hosted Wales. He didn’t have much time to rest as he was also commentating on the Ireland England games in the Aviva.
Navy Blue Sports MD Niall Woods was an excellent MC, at a Six Nations preview event hosted by A&L Goodbody. Niall hosted an engaging and lively Q&A with Paul O’Connell, Jenny Murphy and Gordon D’Arcy.
Joy Neville travelled to Sydney to referee at the World Sevens Women’s Series. The Irish Women’s sevens team were also in action out there and claimed their highest ever finish in a World Series event, finishing fourth.
In club rugby Jerry Sexton captained his side Jersey Reds on Saturday against the Cornish Pirates in a cup quarterfinal. In the last six meetings between the two sides the Reds have come out on top on all occasions. Unfortunately this was not the case on this occasion with the Pirates winning 13-17 away from home. Mark Flanagan also captained his side in the cup over the weekend when his side the Bedford Blues lost 38-14 to Yorkshire Carnegie in the quarter final. The Blues went down by 26 points in the first half and went on to get two tries back in the second half. Unfortunately this was not enough to see them get through to the semi-finals.
Sarah Rowe started her first competitive game for Collingwood which they lost by just one point. Sarah has been quick to pick up this new sport and is constantly learning.
Sinead Goldrick was in action in Croke Park on Sunday when the All Ireland Champions faced Donegal. A close match saw Donegal beat Dublin by just four points, 1-11 to 1-7.