Emerging Ireland

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Emerging Ireland
Irish Rugby Football Union logo.svg
Union Irish Rugby Football Union
Emblem(s) Shamrock
Founded 2013
Coach(es) Allen Clarke
Captain(s) Rhys Ruddock
Team kit
First international
 Georgia 15–20 E. Ireland Ireland
(7 June 2013)
Largest win
Ireland E. Ireland 66–0  Russia
(13 June 2014)
Largest defeat
Ireland E. Ireland 8–19 South Africa South Africa
(11 June 2013)

Emerging Ireland is an Irish rugby union team that represents Ireland in the IRB Nations Cup. The team will act as Ireland's third national men's side, behind the senior Ireland team and Ireland Wolfhounds.

Statistics[edit]

Overall[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost For Against % Won
 Georgia 2 2 0 0 65 27 100.00%
 Emerging Italy 1 1 0 0 25 0 100.00%
 Russia 1 1 0 0 66 0 100.00%
South Africa SA Pres. XV 1 0 0 1 8 19 0.00%
 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 126 43 100.00%
 Romania 1 1 0 0 31 10 100.00%
Total 9 8 0 1 285 92 88.9%
Tournament Coach(es) Captain Games
Played Won Drawn Lost PF PA
2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup Allen Clarke
Ian Costello
Joey Miles
Rhys Ruddock 3 2 0 1 70 67
2014 IRB Nations Cup Dan McFarland Dominic Ryan
(for Mike McCarthy)
3 3 0 0 148 13
2015 World Rugby Tbilisi Cup Allen Clarke Rhys Ruddock 2 2 0 0 58 7

History[edit]

2013 Tbilisi Cup[edit]

The team was created to offer Tier 1 level opposition for Tier 2 sides in the IRB Tbilisi Cup, held in Tbilisi, Georgia.[1][2] Allen Clarke, Ian Costello and Joey Miles managed the team, with Rhys Ruddock as captain.[3]

In Emerging Ireland's opening match, they faced hosts Georgia. This match was won by the Emerging side 20-15 in their first ever game.[4] In their second match, South Africa President's XV beat Emerging Ireland 19-8,[5] before Emerging Ireland beat Uruguay 42-33 on 16 June 2013 to secure a second-place finish in the tournament.[6]

The squad for the tournament was named on 19 May 2013.[7] The initial squad featured four internationally capped players; Michael Bent, Sean Cronin, Ian Keatley and Rhys Ruddock the captain. However, Cronin was called up to the senior squad on 26 May 2013, thus lowering the international players from four to three. The remaining twenty three player, had, at the time, not played for Ireland internationally or at test level.

2014 IRB Nations Cup[edit]

On 1 April 2014, it was announced that Emerging Ireland would take part in the 2014 edition of the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest, Romania. Dan McFarland, Connacht assistant coach, has been appointed as head coach and Ulster backs coach, Neil Doak, will assist him.[8]

In the first game of the cup Emerging Ireland beat Russia by a score of 66-0 at 45 minutes into the game, when it was stopped by the referee, Ian Davies, because of a storm and fears for the players safety. The match included 10 tries,3 of those from Andrew Conway. This was Emerging Ireland's largest ever win in international rugby.Dan McFarland's side beat Uruguay 51-3 in their second game to set up the last game against Romania as a title decider. This game turned out to be the closest of all their games but Emerging Ireland still ran out at 31-10 winners to secure the IRB nations cup with 3 bonus point victories.[9][10]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Emerging Ireland 27-man squad for the 2015 World Rugby Tbilisi Cup was announced on 19 May 2015.[11]

Head Coach: Allen Clarke & Girvan Dempsey

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Dave Heffernan Hooker (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 27) 0 Ireland Connacht
Rob Herring Hooker (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 28) 1 Ireland Ulster
Stephen Archer Prop (1988-01-26) 26 January 1988 (age 30) 2 Ireland Munster
Finlay Bealham Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 26) 0 Ireland Connacht
Denis Buckley Prop (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 27) 0 Ireland Connacht
James Cronin Prop (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 27) 2 Ireland Munster
Andrew Warwick Prop (1991-03-12) 12 March 1991 (age 27) 0 Ireland Ulster
Billy Holland Lock (1985-08-03) 3 August 1985 (age 32) 0 Ireland Munster
Ben Marshall Lock (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 27) 0 Ireland Leinster
Lewis Stevenson Lock (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 33) 0 Ireland Ulster
Dan Leavy Flanker (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 23) 0 Ireland Leinster
Eoghan Masterson Flanker (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 25) 0 Ireland Connacht
Eoin McKeon Flanker (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 26) 0 Ireland Connacht
Rhys Ruddock Flanker (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 27) 5 Ireland Leinster
Frankie Taggart Number 8 (1994-10-14) 14 October 1994 (age 23) 0 Ireland Ulster
John Cooney Scrum-half (1990-05-01) 1 May 1990 (age 28) 0 Ireland Connacht
Luke McGrath Scrum-half (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 25) 0 Ireland Leinster
J. J. Hanrahan Fly-half (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 25) 0 Ireland Munster
Rory Scannell Fly-half (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 24) 0 Ireland Munster
Eoin Griffin Centre (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 27) 0 England London Irish
Stuart McCloskey Centre (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 25) 0 Ireland Ulster
Noel Reid Centre (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 27) 1 Ireland Leinster
Andrew Conway Wing (1991-07-11) 11 July 1991 (age 26) 0 Ireland Munster
Matt Healy Wing (1989-03-14) 14 March 1989 (age 29) 0 Ireland Connacht
Cian Kelleher Wing (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 23) 0 Ireland Leinster
Peter Nelson Fullback (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 25) 0 Ireland Ulster
Tiernan O'Halloran Fullback (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 27) 0 Ireland Connacht

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia to host IRB Tbilisi Cup in June". irb.com. 9 April 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Emerging Ireland' Heading To Tbilisi". irishrugby.ie. 9 April 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Coaching Team Confirmed For 'Emerging Ireland'". irishrugby.ie. 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Keatley Kicks Emerging Ireland To Hard-Fought Win". irishrugby.ie. 7 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Emerging Ireland Suffer Tbilisi Defeat". irishrugby.ie. 11 June 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Second Place Finish For Emerging Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ireland Squads Announced For Summer Tours". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Emerging Ireland to compete in Romania". RTÉ. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  11. ^ Emerging Ireland Squad Named For Tbilisi Cup