Ireland in the Five Nations of 1977


By Gary Watton
April 6 2013

After being a force in European rugby in the early 1970s, the Oirish now went into a shell, as they searched for replacements for the legends of yesteryear. Consequently, the men in green were 'in transition', which is often cited as a euphemism for 'not very good'! Les Francais enjoyed a much better time as they employed a mere sixteen players in their conquest of all four home nations. Further match statistics can be burgled from www.espnscrum.com 

WALES 25 IRELAND 9; 15th January; at Cardiff Arms Park

15 Wilson

14 Grace (c)

13 McKibbin

12 McIlrath

11 Bowen

10 Gibson [3 penalties]

 9 McGrath

8 Duggan [SENT OFF]

7 Deering

6 McKinney

5 Hakin

4 Keane

3 Feighery

2 Whelan

1 Orr

Ireland led 6-0 at half time but the wheels came off after Willie Duggan and Geoff Wheel were sent off after a fracas.

IRELAND 0 ENGLAND 4; 5th February; at Lansdowne Road

15 Wilson

14 Grace (c)

13 McKibbin

12 McIlrath

11 Bowen

10 Gibson

9 McGrath

8 Duggan

7 Deering

6 McKinney

5 Hakin

4 Keane

3 Feighery

2 Whelan

1 Orr

England's fly half Martin Cooper recorded a try as England adapted much better to the wet conditions.

SCOTLAND 21 IRELAND 18; 19th February; at Murrayfield

15 Wilson

14 Grace(c)

13 McKibbin

12 Gibson [TRY, 2 penalties, conversion]

11 Bowen

10 Quinn [drop goal, penalty]

9 Robbie

8 Duggan

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Murtagh

4 Keane

3 Byrne

2 Whelan

1 Orr

Debutant Bill Gammell recorded two tries as Scotland recovered from a 9-7 half time deficit to win narrowly.

IRELAND 6 FRANCE 15; 19th March; at Lansdowne Road

15 Ensor

14 Grace (c)

13 Finn

12 Gibson [penalty]

11 McLennan

10 Quinn [penalty]

9 Robbie

8 Duggan

7 Slattery

6 Steele

5 Hakin

4 Keane

3 Byrne

2 Whelan

1 Orr

Ireland actually led 6-3 at half time, but a try from Jean-Pierre Bastiat sealed a whitewash for the Oirish.

 

 

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