Ireland national rugby union team

The Ireland national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the island of Ireland. The team represents both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland competes in the annual Six Nations Championship and in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland is one of the four unions that make up the British & Irish Lions – players eligible to play for Ireland are also eligible for the Lions.

Ireland
EmblemShamrock
UnionIrish Rugby Football Union
Head coachAndy Farrell
CaptainJonathan Sexton
Most capsBrian O'Driscoll (133)
Top scorerRonan O'Gara (1,083)
Top try scorerBrian O'Driscoll (46)
Home stadiumAviva Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current4 (as of 15 November 2021)
Highest1 (2019)
Lowest9 (2013)
First international
 England 7–0 Ireland 
(Kennington, England; 15 February 1875)
Biggest win
 United States 3–83 Ireland 
(Manchester, New Hampshire; 10 June 2000)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 60–0 Ireland 
(Hamilton, New Zealand; 23 June 2012)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015, 2019
Websitewww.irishrugby.ie

The Ireland national team dates to 1875, when it played its first international match against England. Ireland reached number 1 in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time in 2019.[1] Eleven former Ireland players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.


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