It’s hard to imagine an Irish sports coverage more shocking than the current state of Irish rugby union.
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding it, especially the lack of coverage of the IRFU, which is the only professional professional professional sport in Ireland.
There are even rumours that some of the players involved in the infamous incident in 2014 have gone missing.
However, there’s been plenty of great coverage of it.
From our coverage of Ireland’s World Cup win in 2018, to the first ever televised rugby league match between the Ireland and Wales teams, to watching the world’s top stars of the game train and compete in the autumn of 2019, there is so much to like about the sport of rugby union, we think you will find this to be a good place to start.
In the next article, we will look at some of our favourite moments from 2019 and highlight some of those that stood out.
First, let’s take a look at the World Cup in 2019.
The 2018 World Cup was a huge event for Ireland, both in terms of the coverage of each team and the quality of the sport being played.
In total, the IRF drew over 30,000 fans in their final home game of the tournament, which was played in Dublin’s Millennium Stadium.
There was also an additional 2,500 fans in attendance for the match against Italy at the Aviva Stadium, where Ireland were playing a game against the reigning European champions, Italy.
There were many fantastic moments from the event, including some incredible highlights such as Ireland’s first ever try, which came off a long lineout by Joe Schmidt’s men, and the stunning try that was converted by Johnny Sexton’s team-mates for their second try in the game.
It’s no secret that Ireland had struggled to find the net throughout the tournament and their defence struggled against some of Italy’s best attacking players, and so Ireland looked vulnerable.
However as the games wore on and the crowds grew, it looked as though the team was finally getting back on track.
In fact, when it was finally announced that Ireland would be playing Italy in the World’s toughest test of the season, fans were ecstatic.
The Italian players had been making it very clear that they were very, very confident of winning, and they had done their best to convince the Irish players that they could do it.
Ireland were able to get their act together and they managed to secure a 5-0 win, but it didn’t feel quite like the triumph that many of us had hoped.
The win was certainly the best they could have hoped for, and it gave them hope that they had finally got back on top of their game.
The Irish players had also been given a lot to celebrate, with the World Rugby President Michael Cheika saying at the end of the final that Ireland were “finally starting to show they are worthy of the title of world champions”.
The result was a massive blow for the Irish rugby community, and was one that was very much felt throughout the rugby world.
However the disappointment wasn’t just limited to the Irish fans, it was felt throughout Ireland and Ireland was left with little to celebrate.
After the match, Ireland captain Johnny Sextons was quoted as saying, “We had a great performance and it was a good day for Ireland”.
Sexts was referring to the match-winning try that had been converted by Sexton, but the game itself had gone on and on.
There is a lot that can be said for Ireland’s performance against Italy, but there is also a lot for the fact that it is the first time that the players were playing in a test environment and they looked vulnerable at times.
When the players went into the match on the final day, there was a sense of dread and disappointment about the prospect of playing against Italy again.
It was the same story for Ireland on Saturday when they played Italy in a World Cup qualifier in Belfast, where they were defeated 8-1.
The players were disappointed and disappointed again on Sunday, and when the match was finally over, the players did not show much emotion or any signs of joy.
There could be no doubt that the disappointment was the main reason for their poor showing in the final match of the competition.
However with the defeat to Italy, Ireland’s chances of winning the World Championships in 2019 looked much brighter than they did in the previous two years.
If Ireland had a positive result against Italy on Saturday, they would have been able to secure the title and they would be a serious contender for the 2019 World Championships, with a chance of getting a first World Cup appearance.
If they were to beat Italy again on Saturday in Belfast they would get a good chance of qualifying for the World Championship.
There wasn’t much of an opportunity to celebrate either, and Ireland’s fans were left wondering why they were so disappointed in the defeat.
Ireland had made it to the World Cups two years in a row and had won