1899 Ireland rugby union tour of Canada

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1899 Ireland rugby union tour of Canada
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1899 Ireland rugby union tour of Canada. Twenty four years after their first international, the Ireland national rugby union team embarked on their first ever international tour in October 1899. Seventeen players were selected to make the journey to Canada but no caps were awarded. Three clubs – Dublin University, Lansdowne and North of Ireland FC – provided fifteen of these players. Ireland often had to field just fourteen players due to injuries. Among those to be injured was James Myles who broke his leg. Myles, who was later elected as an independent TD, had to remain in Canada until December. The rest of the touring party had returned home in November. Ireland won 10 of the 11 matches they played. Their only defeat came against a Halifax XV on the third game of the tour. They scored 150 points and conceded 51. The trip was financed by Duke Collins, an Irish Canadian who originally came from County Dublin but had settled in Toronto.[1][2]


12 October
United Services 0–10  Ireland XV
Wanderers Ground, Halifax

14 October
Wanderers 3–16  Ireland XV
Wanderers Ground, Halifax

16 October
Halifax 5–0  Ireland XV
Wanderers Ground, Halifax

19 October
Montreal 12–20  Ireland XV
MAA Ground, Montreal

24 October
Quebec City 0–8  Ireland XV

28 October
Ottawa 3–9  Ireland XV
Metropolitan Ground, Ottawa

30 October
Brookville 0–28  Ireland XV

2 November
Peterborough 3–16  Ireland XV
Nicholls Park, Peterborough

3 November
Hamilton 0–8  Ireland XV

4 November
Argonauts 19–23  Ireland XV

6 November
University of Toronto 6–12  Ireland XV
Varsity Stadium, Toronto

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager:
  • Secretary:
  • Referee:
  • Captain: James G. Franks


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin
  2. ^ www.irishrugby.ie