# Irish Rugby Team

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# Change of Plans
Ireland set for July internationals with Japan and USA
A planned tour of Fiji was cancelled owing to a pandemic lockdown on the Pacific Island.
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Open thread: What's your pre-match lucky charm?
Got any lucky pants hiding in a drawer? Tell us everything…
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6 ways to turn any major sporting event into a deadly Irish party
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# Home Advantage
10 reasons Irish fans are the best in the world
We know how to make ourselves feel right at home.
# Last call
Ronan O'Gara: 'I would have only been too happy to have a crack off that late penalty'
We caught up for a one-on-one chat with the Munster out-half ahead of his final Test match ever in New Zealand.
# Illustrious
The Score's first annual alternative sports awards
2011 wasn’t short on moments of historic triumph and breathtaking tragedy. You won’t find any of them here, though.
# Opinion
BOD-given luck: what the star's injury might mean for Irish rugby
Ireland and Leinster may be down a match-winning talisman, but the temporary loss of Brian O’Driscoll may prove the opportunity Ireland didn’t know it was waiting for.
# Injustice
Wales drop two places in latest rugby world ranking
Warren Gatland’s side were one of the highlights of the World Cup, but the most recent ranking sees them drop below both Ireland and Argentina.
# Chat
Semi-final countdown: the view from Wales
With the Welsh squad less than 48 hours away from the biggest game of their rugby lives, we turned to our man in the valleys for some pre-match guidance.
# Homecoming
In pictures: Ireland's World Cup squad return home
Declan Kidney’s men were met by a crowd of fans as they disembarked at Dublin Airport.
# Ch-Ch-Changes
Generation Next: Ireland's rugby retirements
With a handful of Ireland’s Golden Generation having now slipped the wrong side of 30, how many have the appetite for another year of competitive international rugby?
# Hoodoo
Today on Twitter: The Curse of Ryle Nugent
The Head of RTE Sport flew all the way to New Zealand to commentate on the national side’s only loss. Coincidence? Users of the interwebs don’t seem to think so.
# Fallout
Simon Hick's Match Report: The good, the bad and the inexplicable
A muted coda to the careers of its most talented generation, Ireland’s quarter-final performance against Wales defied explanation.
# Predictions
Du Plessis backs Ireland to reach World Cup Final
Springboks prop Jannie Du Plessis says he expects Ireland to outstrip their Six Nations rivals at this year’s tournament.
# Memories
In photos: Ireland vs. Australia
Have a flick through the best images from Ireland’s historic victory over Australia in Auckland.
A Bluffer's Guide to... the Rugby World Cup
Still baffled by all this business in New Zealand? Let us take you by the hand and walk you through the tournament format.
# Snaps
The sports week in pictures
From Shamrock Rovers’ exploits in Belgrade to the world’s highest-paid footballer, enjoy our look back at the best images from the week in sport.
# Bad luck
O’Brien togged out for training despite World Cup injury doubt
Ireland flanker was said to have sustained a heavy knee injury in training that would rule him out of next month’s Rugby World Cup.
# Cesc Fabregas
The sports week in pictures
From euphoric celebrations to pint-swilling politicians, join us for a look back at the most striking sporting images from the last seven days.
# Done Deal
Kidney to stay on until 2013
Head coach and three of his backroom staff have agreed contract extensions with the IRFU.
# Six Nations
Kidney eager to move on and focus on England
Irish coach believes players will be well motivated for Saturday’s game, when Ireland will be looking to deny England a Grand Slam.
# Rugby
Simon Easterby gets new role at Scarlets