In the third round of the Six Nations Ireland travelled to Rome to face Connor O’Shea’s Italy side. Italy were hoping to put their first points on the board of the 2019 competition on Sunday. Jordi Murphy got his first start in a green jersey of this campaign starting in number eight. Jordi played like he had a point to prove, he was relentless in defence and created some good carries, which led to some promising Irish attacks.Andrew Conway entered the action after only 11 minutes. Conway looked lively on the wing and will give Joe Schmidt a headache when it comes to picking his side to face France. Ireland secured a bonus point in Rome winning 26-16.
Leinster hosted Isuzu Southern Kings on Friday night in the RDS arena. This Guinness pro 14 clash was set to be a high scoring game and it did not disappoint the crowd of over ten thousand fans. Andrew Porter got more game time ahead of selection for the next round of the six nations. Caelan Doris and James Tracy joined Porter in the pack with Noel Reid starting in number 12 shirt making a very early impact and scoring a try after only five minutes. This was the first of two tries in the first half for Noel, he scored his second after 36 minutes. Porter joined the score sheet after a good performance scoring in the 56 minute.
Munster travelled to Swansea to face Osprey, which proved to be a difficult away game. Darren Sweetnam started on the wing scoring one of Munster tries. Fineen Wycherley started in the number six jersey and was as industrious as always.Bill Johnston came on in the final quarter to help Munster finish out the game and win 19-13.
Ulster hosted Zebre with Nick Timoney and Marty Moore in the starting line up. Just like the Leinster match this promised to be a high scoring game. Ulster put seven tries past Zebre winning 54-7. Greg Jones joined the action off the bench after 55 minutes.
Connacht travelled to Glasgow on Friday to face the Glasgow Warriors in the Guiness Pro 14. Tom Daly started in the number 12 jersey and scored one of Connacht’s tries.
Ealing Trailfinders stormed through to the Championship Cup final with a 58-26 win over Cornish Pirates. Dave Johnston played at outside centre and grabbed himself a try on the 54thminute.
Sarah Rowe was in action for Collingwood in the fourth round of the AFLW when Collingwood hosted GWS Giants on Saturday. Sarah scored some nice points with her left foot but unfortunately Collingwood were unable to secure the victory.
Dave McIntyre was again on commentary duty for the Ireland v Italy Men’s game for Virgin Media Sports. Fiona Coghlan was co-comms for the Ireland v Italy Women’s game for RTE.