Two Jacob Stockdale tries along with a penalty try saw the Irish build a 22-3 lead with 22 minutes left on the clock, but a Rhys Patchell led fight-back from Wales left got them back within touching distance late on.
Both teams had a decent start with Wales dominating possession however although they couldn’t make that count as Ireland got the scoreboard ticking with a Jack Carty penalty.
On 16 minutes they were all even as Jarrod Evans popped over a penalty from straight in front of the posts.
Two minutes on and the Irish were in for the first try of the game as a Carty offload allowed Andrew Conway to break through the Welsh defence. He raced all the way to the five-metre line before passing out left for Stockdale to touchdown.
Man of the match Carty struck the conversion beautifully from the touchline to make it 10-3 in the away side’s favour.
Evans had a chance to cut the lead but missed from a penalty on 26 minutes.
That proved costly as two minutes on and a poor offload from Aaron Shingler left the ball bouncing on the ground. Stockdale didn’t need a second invitation to pounce, kicking ahead, picking the ball up and racing over for his second try of the game.
Carty missed the resulting conversion along with a penalty from the Welsh ten metre line on the stoke of half-time to leave the score at 15-3 when the whistle blew.
Wales failed to make possession count in the first five minutes of the second half and for the next quarter of an hour Ireland camped inside the home side’s 22.
Ireland were dominant in the scrum and their pressure led to a yellow card for Wales’ substitute tighthead Leon Brown on 51 minutes.
With Wales down to 14 Ireland continued to pressurise them and with 58 minutes on the clock Roman Poite awarded a penalty try as the lead was pushed out to 19 points.
After then Wales dominated, hitting back with a try six minutes later through Owen Lane, who showed great feet to finish in the right corner. Patchell converted and suddenly it looked like a comeback could be on.
It was Patchell who set up a nervy finish to the game by closing a few minutes of Welsh pressure in the Irish 22 by stepping inside Garry Ringrose and diving over for a try just left of the posts.
His conversion made it a five-point game with four minutes on the clock. However, Ireland managed to weather the storm and see out the game 22-17.
It was the first time Ireland have defeated Wales on home soil since August four years ago, again in the lead up to the World Cup and will leave the squad much happier following their demolition at the hands of England last weekend while Wales will be disappointed not to have won in Warren Gatland’s final home game.
The two teams meet again next weekend in the Aviva Stadium, by which time both will have named their 31-man squads to travel to the World Cup in Japan next month, and it is expected the pair will name full strength teams in their final warm-up games ahead of the tournament.
Hallam Amos (6), Owen Lane (7), Scott Williams (5), Owen Watkin (5), Steff Evans (6), Jarrod Evans (5), Aled Davies(7); Rhys Carre (6) , Ryan Elias (6), Samson Lee (7), Adam Beard (6), Bradley Davies (6), Aaron Shingler (5), James Davies (6), Josh Navidi (7)
Will Addison (6), Andrew Conway (8), Chris Farrell (6), Bundee Aki (8), Jacob Stockdale (8), Jack Carty (9), Kieran Marmion (7); Dave Kilcoyne (7), Niall Scannell (7), John Ryan (6), Iain Henderson (7), James Ryan (7), Tadhg Beirne (6), Peter O’Mahony (7), Jack Conan (6)
Furlong signs contract extension with IRFU
During his time with Leinster Rugby, Tadhg has made 113 appearances for Leinster, and has contributed to a Heineken Champions Cup in 2018 along with five Guinness PRO12/14 titles since his debut in November 2013.
Furlong made his Ireland debut against Wales in a warm-up fixture ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He has won 49 caps to date for Ireland and started all three Tests of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand and was last week named in the touring party for this summer’s series against South Africa.
Furlong commented, “Happy to sign on for one more year. There has been some tough days of late but I believe the squads we have in both Leinster and Ireland are able to compete for trophies in the future. I look forward to hopefully playing at a packed out RDS or Aviva Stadium in the months ahead.”
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented, “Tadhg was a long time out of the game but showed upon his return in January what a positive influence he can be for both Ireland and Leinster. He has grown as a senior voice in the Ireland squad and his recent performances reminded everyone why he is rated as one of the best tighthead’s in world rugby.”
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Paul O’Connell Joins Ireland Coaching Group
Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has joined the Ireland national coaching group as forwards coach with Simon Easterby to focus on defence.
Paul was capped 108 times by Ireland and captained the team to Six Nations success in 2014. O’Connell’s distinguished playing career also included seven Test match appearances for the British & Ireland Lions across three tours and two Heineken Cup titles with Munster.
Since retiring from playing in 2015, Paul has held coaching positions with the Munster Academy, Ireland Under-20s and Top 14 side Stade Francais.
“I am really looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the coaching group. I worked with Simon as a player and am looking forward to working with him again. It’s an exciting young group of players to be involved with and there are talented forwards coming through across the four provinces that will no doubt be pushing for international selection in the coming months and years.”
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell commented:
“Paul brings a wealth of rugby knowledge with him and as forwards coach he will have responsibility for the forwards including the line-out working alongside John (Fogarty). He will also be another strong voice and leader within the group.
“Simon (Easterby) has a real passion for defence and having developed Ireland’s forward play over the past six years with the additional responsibility for the defence over the past 12 months, he will now be able to focus his energy and rugby intellect on this area of our game.
“The weekend’s Interpro games and the European fixtures in the weeks ahead will give players the opportunity to push for selection for the Six Nations squad. The squad will not be selected until after the Champions Cup Round 4 fixtures have been completed.”
IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, commented: “Paul is a young Irish coach with a huge amount of international rugby experience. We have been keen to find the right opportunity for him within Irish Rugby and we think the fit with the national squad will work well. He joins the national coaching group with immediate effect as they prepare for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.”
All Blacks announce new Captain
All Blacks Press Release:
All Blacks loose forward and Chiefs Captain Sam Cane has been named as the new Captain of the All Blacks.
The news was announced on SKY Sport’s The Breakdown show tonight, with Cane succeeding Kieran Read who retired from the All Blacks after Rugby World Cup 2019.
A natural leader, 28-year-old Cane has played 68 Tests, including 48 starts, since making his debut against Ireland in 2012, aged just 20.
All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster said he was delighted to name Cane as the new captain.
“Sam is an experienced All Black with eight years in the team now and is a ‘follow me’ type of leader and a very good thinker in the game. He has a natural ability to connect with everyone in the team and is straightforward and direct when he needs to be.
“There’s massive respect for Sam amongst the players and management, and he’s perfectly placed to lead the All Blacks into the future.”
Foster said while the All Blacks’ plans for this year were still being worked through due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an important role for the captain.
“We wanted to confirm Sam now because he’ll play a key role helping us plan for whatever the future looks like and will be working behind the scenes with the other leaders,” Foster said.
Cane said it was a “massive honour” to be given the captaincy.
“It’s a pretty exciting challenge really and as I’ve spent more time in the All Blacks and grown as a player, I’ve become a lot more comfortable being a leader in the team.
“The great thing about the All Blacks is that the leadership group is full of captains and experienced players already, so I’m just really looking forward to working closely with that group and doing my best to lead them and the rest of the squad.”
Cane has already captained the All Blacks on three occasions. He became the 67th Test captain and fifth youngest ever when he captained the team against Namibia at RWC2015 at the age of 23. He also captained the team against Italy in 2016 and against Argentina in Buenos Aires last year.
“My style as captain will be to not really change the way I do things. I’m just myself and will continue to be. I already work on building relationships, especially with the younger guys in the squad, and everyone else connected with the team, so that will continue,” Cane added.
“While we don’t know yet what the rest of the year looks like for the All Blacks, I’m looking forward to catching up with the coaches and other senior players as we firm up our plans.”
Mini biography – Sam Cane
Raised in the small rural Bay of Plenty community of Reporoa, Sam Cane has had an exceptional career since breaking into professional rugby as a teenager. He made his provincial debut for Bay of Plenty in 2010 at just 18 years old and his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs the following year. In 2011, Cane was also part of the Junior World Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20 side, was the New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year and was also nominated for International Age Grade Player award. He helped the Chiefs to the first of their back-to-back Investec Super Rugby titles in 2012 before making his All Blacks debut in June that year aged 20. A devastating tackler and scavenger, he has continued to take his game to new levels in recent seasons. He was co-Captain of the Chiefs for four years taking sole charge this year and has played 116 games for the club. In 2018 Cane fractured his neck during a Test against South Africa and faced months of recovery post-surgery before making a much-anticipated return to the Chiefs in 2019, helping the team through to the Quarter Finals. A Rugby World Cup 2015 champion with the All Blacks, Cane was also part of the RWC2019 squad.
Samuel Jordan Cane
Born: 13 January 1992 in Rotorua
Physical: 1.89m, 106kg
Position: Loose forward
Province: Bay of Plenty
Investec Super Rugby team: Chiefs
Investec Super Rugby appearances: 116
All Blacks Debut: 16 June 2012, vs Ireland in Christchurch, aged 20.
All Blacks Tests: 68 (Three as Captain)
All Blacks Test Points: 65pts (13 tries)
All Black Number: 1113
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