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9 great matches that defined Irish rugby in 2016

These are well worth watching all over again.

Image: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO

BEFORE 2016 COMES to an end this month, take some time to ask yourself whether you need to sit down and watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom again, or whether you would be better off re-watching one of the brilliant, defining 80-minute periods that made this an excellent year for Irish rugby.

There may have been little to cheer about in the Six Nations and Champions Cup, but in that vacuum Connacht thrived before Ireland pulled themselves to landmark victories in South Africa and Chicago. 

Here’s those great days and a few more as an intense Christmas treat. We’ve included links to the full match where available.

Munster 38 Glasgow Warriors 17

Watch the full game back here.

Source: Rugby XV/YouTube

New Zealand U20 24 Ireland U20 33

Source: World Rugby/YouTube

Ulster 39 Clermont 32

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Source: GG Rugby/YouTube

South Africa 20 Ireland 26

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Source: Rugby XV/YouTube

Grenoble 33 Connacht 32

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Source: FC Grenoble Rugby/YouTube

Ireland 9 New Zealand 21

Watch the full game back here:

Source: Marc McC/YouTube

Connacht 30 Ulster 25

Watch the full game back here

Source: PRO12 Rugby/YouTube

New Zealand 29 Ireland 40

Watch it all over again here.

Source: Offload Media/YouTube

Connacht 20 Leinster 10

Watch the full first half here, and the second 40 right here.

Source: Rugby XV/YouTube

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