Six Nations – Ireland without Cian Healy

Ireland will seek their first victory of the 6 Nations Championship v Italy at Croke Park today without Cian Healy, who obtained a hamstring strain in training.

Healy made his 1st appearance of the championship from the bench in the defeat by England 2 weeks ago ago, having recovered from knee surgery. His place  goes to Finlay Bealham, the uncapped loose-head prop who plays for Connacht.

Born in Canberra, Bealham, 24, moved to Ireland in 2010 and qualifies through his grandmother, from Enniskillen. He adds further southern hemisphere influence to the team, with Jared Payne recalled at centre after missing the Twickenham defeat with a hamstring injury and CJ Stander, starting at blind-side flanker.

“It’s a great opportunity for Finlay to get a taste of Test match rugby,” Simon Easterby, the forwards coach, said. “He’s impressed everyone and now he’s got an opportunity to show what he can do at the highest level.”

After the first 3 games brought a draw and two defeats which ruined hopes of a third consecutive Six Nations title, Joe Schmidt, the Ireland coach, denied that the selection was unnecessarily conservative to  Italy, with Stuart McCloskey dropped for Payne after a decent debut against England.


Rory Best, the captain, advised that the players rather than the coach should bear the brunt of criticism at a time of transition,  that the “real Ireland” will be seen v Italy, who are also without a win after the 36-20 defeat to Scotland in Italy 2 weeks ago.

“There has been a bit of a steep learning curve for some players,” Best said. “There are standards we expect to live by and play by, and we haven’t reached them.”


Ireland: S Zebo; A Trimble, J Payne, R Henshaw, K Earls; J Sexton, C Murray; J McGrath, R Best (capt), M Ross; D Ryan, D Toner; CJ Stander,
J Van der Flier, J Heaslip. Replacements: S Cronin, F Bealham, N White, U Dillane, R Ruddock, K Marmion, I Madigan, F McFadden.

Italy: D Odiete; L Sarto, M Campagnaro, G Garcia, M Bellini; E Padovani, G Palazzani; A Lovotti, D Giazzon, L Cittadini; G Biagi, M Fuser, F Minto,
A Zanni, S Parisse. Replacements: O Fabiani, M Zanusso, D Chistolini, Q Geldenhuys, A Steyn, A Lucchese, K Haimona, L McLean.

Old Ireland Rugby Shirts, Vintage Old Ireland Jerseys

Just attempting to put together list of old Ireland rugby shirts to ascertain season they are from


The first one is by Cotton Traders titled Cotton Traders Classics and is a remake of the shirts worn in the 1970s


This is a rare shirt by Canterbury from the 1985/87 seasons below


This jersey made by Cotton Oxford from 1989/90




1992/93 by Umbro, presumable a training shirt


1993/95 by Nike


1998/99 by Nike below


Year 2000 shirt below again by Nike


2006/07 by Canterbury below


2007/09 by Canterbury


2011 Rugby World Cup Shirt by Puma


This will be added to over time

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1985 1987 Ireland Rugby Jersey Old Vintage Shirt

This is a very rare Ireland Official Canterbury Rugby Union Jersey
from the 1985/87 seasons. This is truly a classic rugby shirt from the 1980s



At the time Ireland Rugby did not particularly fare well, see the 5 Nations table from 1986 below


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  France 4 3 0 1 98 52 +46 6
1  Scotland 4 3 0 1 76 54 +22 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 74 71 +3 4
3  England 4 2 0 2 62 100 −38 4
5  Ireland 4 0 0 4 50 83 −33 0