Ireland’s Rugby World Cups Past

Ireland are two from two in the Rugby World Cup so far and everything is looking rosy. But how have previous Irish teams fared in their opening couple of games in World Cups? We take you on a brief journey through our RWC group history.

1987 P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1

Game One: Ireland 6-13 Wales – Ireland’s first ever World Cup game was a defeat to their neighbours in Wellington.

Game Two: Ireland 46 – 19 Canada – Our first ever win on the biggest stage in rugby came courtesy of a six try demolition of Canada.

1991 P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0

Game One: Ireland 55-11 Zimbabwe – Ireland went try crazy in Dublin in their opening game, with Brian Robinson going over for four of our eight tries. Take that Zimbabwe.

Game Two: Ireland 32-16 Japan – Ireland made it two from two just a few days later as they picked up another three points for seeing off the Japanese who were awarded a point for turning up. Which was nice.

Jonah Lomu leaves the pitch after the game 13/9/20151995 P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 

Game One: Ireland 19-43 New Zealand – Jonah Lomu (left) announced himself on world rugby with two tries in his first ever RWC game. A star was born.

Game Two: Ireland 50-28 Japan – Back on track with yet another win over the mighty Japan.

1999 P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1

Game One: Ireland 53-8 USA – Keith Wood was a try scoring dervish against the Eagles with four trips across the whitewash and a young tyro named Brian O’Driscoll popped up with a try too.

Game Two: Ireland 3-23 Australia – A bad loss and it just went downhill from there as we failed to even make the quarter-finals.

2003 P2 W 2 D 0 L 0

Game One: Ireland 45-17 Romania – Four points for a win was introduced in 03 and Ireland were able to collect all of them with a professional win over Romania.

Game Two: Ireland 64-7 Namibia – The boys in green ran in ten tries against the Africans. Which wasn’t bad either.

2007 P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0

Game One: Ireland 32- 17 Namibia – This wasn’t as good as the win four years previously. Nothing to worry about though surely?

Game Two: Ireland 14-10 Georgia – Giorgi Shkinin won man of the match for the Georgian’s who almost snatched it near the end. Everyone started to get worried at this stage – and with good reason.

2011 P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 Paul O'Connell on the charge 17/9/2015

Game One: Ireland 22-10 USA – A last minute converted try for the Eagles made the score closer than probably deserved but Ireland were off to a winning start regardless.

Game Two: Ireland 15-6 Australia – Unquestionably one of Ireland’s best ever results in the group stages of the World Cup, two late penalties from Ronan O’Gara guided Ireland home in a thriller.


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