Rugby cul­ture

Af­ter com­pet­ing in their first In­ter­na­tional against Eng­land in 1875 (over 140 years ago!), Ire­land have been a pas­sion­ate rugby na­tion and have never been lower than 9th in World Rugby’s rank­ings. Com­pet­ing in the 6 Na­tions, they have won 13 ti­tles and t

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The Ir­ish have also played at every Rugby World Cup since 1987, only fail­ing to reach the Quar­ter Fi­nals on 2 oc­ca­sions! The women’s na­tional team have been play­ing in­ter­na­tional rugby since 1993 and they have played at 6 Women’s Rugby World Cup’s, host­ing the tour­na­ment in 2017!

The Ir­ish Rugby Foot­ball Union rep­re­sents play­ers from both the Repub­lic of Ire­land and North­ern Ire­land (part of the UK) and was formed in 1874. The side have gen­er­ally al­ways played in their dis­tinc­tive green jer­seys with a sham­rock and rugby ball on their crest - a sham­rock is a small clover, the leafy part of a cer­tain plants.

Ire­land are well known for their pas­sion­ate fans, celtic-flair (fun, run­ning rugby) in the backs and big, strong for­wards up front! Ire­land will play South Africa, Fiji and Ar­gentina this Novem­ber and will cer­tainly ex­pect to come away with 3 wins!

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