Ireland bounced back with a good performance and win against France. Leading the way was Garry Ringrose who was returning from injury. A few moments of rustiness at the beginning of the game were soon forgotten as Garry was a key man in Ireland’s success. Ireland are a better team when Garry plays. Andrew Conway was also a member of the winning team and entered the match for the final few minutes. Andrew’s performances for Munster this season and his versatility in the back three makes him a good option for Ireland.
Joy Neville was making history again, as she became the first woman to referee in an U20’s Six Nations game. She was in the middle between Scotland and Wales U20’s. Joy produced an excellent performance, where her communication and correct decision-making was to the fore.
Conor O’Shea and his Italy had a tough day out against England. While there has been signs of improvements in the way Italy are playing, they are inconsistent in their performances. Conor will look for improved consistency next week as he welcomes France to Rome.
James Coughlan has just been signed as forwards coach of Provence Rugby. This comes after 2 years with the Pau Academy, where James had some excellent results and guided the development of many of their U23 players.
Ealing Trailfinders suffered a last minute defeat to Richmond. Peter Lydon continues to show good form at full back & slotted a conversion. Dave Johnston entered the pitch at half-time and was instrumental in some of Ealing’s best attacks, even providing an exquisite final pass for the first try of the second half. Jersey sit 3rdin the Championship table thanks to an 8-7 on over Cornish Pirates in difficult conditions. As always Captain Jerry Sexton was to the fore, making life difficult for Pirates at line-out time. He also was on hand to set up Jersey’s only try of the game with a well-timed and perfectly executed pass. Bedford will be disappointed on their 27-20 loss to Doncaster. Mark Flanagan has become a stalwart of this Bedford team and is a key man in the engine room. The dynamic Tadgh McIllroy came on and scored a try to put the Blues back in contention but it wasn’t enough.
Dave McIntyre was on lead commentary duty for Virgin Media for the Ireland v France Men’s game. Fiona Coghlan was co-commentary for RTE for the Ireland v France Women’s game.
Sarah Rowe’s stock continues to rise in the AFLW as she lined out as a forward for Collingwood. Sarah had the natural athleticism but now with her understanding & skills of the game improving she is getting more involved each week.
Mags D’Arcy was involved in the coaching ticket for Wexford Hurlers as they beat Kilkenny 1-19 to 1-12