2003 Ireland rugby union tour of The South Seas

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2003 Ireland tour in South Sea
Coach(es): Eddie O'Sullivan
Type P W D L
Total: 3 2 0 1
Test match: 3 1 0 2
Opp. P W D L
 Australia 1 0 0 1
 Tonga 1 1 0 0
 Samoa 1 1 0 0
Statistics against Test match opponents

2003 Ireland rugby union tour of the South Seas. Eddie O'Sullivan initially selected a squad of 41 players for the Ireland national rugby union team 2003 summer tour. Keith Wood also travelled with the tour party as an additional player for training purposes.[1] However Rob Henderson, Denis Hickie and Anthony Foley all subsequently withdrew due to injuries[2][3] and Frankie Sheahan had to return home after testing positive for Salbutamol.[4] Aiden McCullen and Mike Mullins were both then called up as replacements. Mark McHugh marked his senior international debut with a try against Tonga while McCullen and Anthony Horgan made their senior international debuts against Samoa. In the same game, Ronan O'Gara gave a man of the match performance, scoring 32 of Ireland's 40 points.

Matches[edit]

Australia[5][edit]

7 June 2003
 Australia 45–16  Ireland
Try: Flatley, Gregan 2
S Kefu, Latham
1 penalty try
Try: Kelly
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys 2, O'Gara
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Nigel Williams Wales

Australia: Team, 15.Chris Latham, 14.Wendell Sailor, 13.Morgan Turinui, 12.Steve Kefu, 11.Joe Roff, 10.Elton Flatley, 7.George Gregan (capt), 6.Bill Young, 5.Jeremy Paul, 4.Patricio Noriega, 3.David Giffin, 2.Nathan Sharpe, 1.David Lyons, 9.George Smith, – replacements: 16.Brendan Cannon, 17.Ben Darwin, 18.Dan Vickerman, 19.Phil Waugh, 20.Chris Whitaker, 21.Nathan Grey, 22.Lote Tuqiri
Ireland: Team, 15.Girvan Dempsey, 14.James Topping, 13.Geordan Murphy, 12.Kevin Maggs, 11.John Kelly, 10.David Humphreys (capt.), 7.Keith Gleeson, 6.Alan Quinlan, 5.Malcolm O'Kelly, 4.Gary Longwell, 3.Reggie Corrigan, 2.Shane Byrne, 1.Marcus Horan, 9.Peter Stringer, – replacements: 17.Emmet Byrne, 18.Paul O'Connell, 21.Ronan O'GaraNo entry: 16.Paul Shields, 19.Eric Miller, 20.Guy Easterby, 22.Tyrone Howe

Tonga[6][edit]

14 June 2003
 Tonga 19–40  Ireland
Try: Hola 2
Pen: Hola 3
Try: Bell, Easterby 2,
Kelly 2, McHugh
Teufaiva, Nukuʻalofa
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand

Tonga: Gus Leger, 14.Pierre Hola, 13.Johnny Ngauamo, 12.John Payne, 11.Simana Mafile'o, 10.Toni Alatini, 9.David Palu, 8.Tonga Lea'aetoa, 7.Vili Ma'asi, 6.Hemani Lavaka, 5.Milton Ngauamo, 4.Nisifolo Naufahu, 3.Inoke Afeaki (capt), 2.Stanley Afeaki, 1.Saia Latu, – replacements: 16.Ephraim Taukafa, 17.Kisi Pulu, 18.Viliami Vaki, 21.Taniela TuliaNo entry : 19.Benhur Kivalu, 20.Willie Gibbons, 22.Tevita Tu'ifua
Ireland: 15.Mark McHugh, 14.John Kelly, 13.Mike Mullins, 12.Jonathan Bell, 11.Tyrone Howe, 10.Ronan O'Gara, 9.Guy Easterby, 8.Eric Miller, 7.Kieron Dawson, 6.Simon Easterby, 5.Paul O'Connell, 4.Leo Cullen, 3.Reggie Corrigan (capt), 2.Shane Byrne, 1.Justin Fitzpatrick, – replacements: 17.Simon Best, 18.Donncha O'Callaghan, 19.David Wallace, 22.Gordon D'ArcyNo entry: 16.Paul Shields, 20.Brian O'Meara, 21.Paul Burke

Samoa[7][8][edit]

20 June 2003
 Samoa 14–40  Ireland
Try: Fanu'atanu, Va'a
Con: Va'a 2
Try: Miller, O'Gara 2
Con: O'Gara 2
Pen: Burke, O'Gara 5
Drop: O'Gara
Apia Park, Apia
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

Samoa: Fa'atonu Fili, 14.Lome Fa'atau, 13.Dale Rasmussen, 12.Brian Lima, 11.Ron Fanu'atanu, 10.Earl Va'a, 9.Denning Tyrell, 8.Kas Lealamanu'a, 7.Trevor Leota, 6.Jeremy Tomuli, 5.Opeta Palepoi, 4.Kitiona Viliamu, 3.Leo Lafaiali'i, 2.Maurie Fa'asavalu, 1.Semo Sititi (capt), – replacements: 16.Jonathan Meredith, 17.Tamato Leupolu, 18.Des Tuiali'i, 20.Steve So'oialo, 21.Gaolo ElisaraNo entry : 19.Ponali Tapelu, 22.Dom Feau'nati
Ireland: 15.Girvan Dempsey, 14.John Kelly, 13.Mike Mullins, 12.Jonathan Bell, 11.Anthony Horgan, 10.Ronan O'Gara, 9.Guy Easterby, 8.Eric Miller, 7.Aidan McCullen, 6.Simon Easterby, 5.Paul O'Connell, 4.Leo Cullen, 3.Reggie Corrigan (capt), 2.Shane Byrne, 1.Marcus Horan, – replacements: 16.Paul Burke, 17.Gordon D'Arcy, 18.Donncha O'Callaghan, 19.Paul Shields, 20.Emmet Byrne, 21.Brian O'Meara, 22.David Wallace

Touring party[edit]

Backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

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