Inter-provincial tournament, 1970-1979


By Gary Watton
April 18 2013

Here are the results of Irish rugby's Inter-Provincial championship, which I have pilfered from that pioneering fellow Irish rugby historian, Edmund van Esbeck. As you will discover, Connacht were the perennial punchbag. However, in mitigation, this western province of Ireland has a smaller [rugby] population and contains a mere five counties.

1969-1970

Ulster beat Leinster 8-3

Leinster beat Munster 12-6

Leinster beat Connacht 26-6

Munster and Ulster drew 3-3

Ulster beat Connacht 20-0

Munster beat Connacht 22-0

FINAL TABLE

Ulster 5 points

Leinster 4 points

Munster 3 points

Connacht 0 points

1970-1971

Ulster beat Leinster 6-3

Leinster beat Munster 10-0

Leinster beat Connacht 11-3

Ulster beat Munster 8-3

Ulster beat Connacht 42-0

Munster beat Connacht 9-0

FINAL TABLE

Ulster 6 points [Ulster emulated their success of three seasons ago by achieving a clean sweep of victories.]

Leinster 4 points

Munster 2 points

Connacht 0 points

1971-1972

Leinster beat Ulster 12-10 [This ended a sequence of five successive wins by Ulster against Leinster.]

Leinster beat Munster 9-0

Leinster beat Connacht 12-6

Ulster beat Munster 13-6

Ulster beat Connacht 13-0

Munster beat Connacht 10-0

FINAL TABLE

Leinster 6 points [This was Leinster's first inter-provincial 'triple crown' since the 1963-1964 season.]

Ulster 4 points

Munster 2 points

Connacht 0 points

1972-1973

Leinster beat Ulster 11-6

Munster beat Leinster 17-9

Leinster beat Connacht 13-0

Ulster beat Munster 4-3

Ulster beat Connacht 37-6

Munster beat Connacht 12-3

FINAL TABLE

Leinster and Munster and Ulster 4 points

Connacht 0 points

1973-1974

Leinster beat Ulster 20-13

Munster beat Leinster 13-3

Leinster beat Connacht 20-13

Munster drew with Ulster 6-6

Ulster beat Connacht 17-14

Munster beat Connacht 29-7

FINAL TABLE

Munster 5 points

Leinster 4 points

Ulster 3 points

Connacht 0 points

1974-1975

Ulster beat Leinster 22-9

Leinster beat Munster 9-6

Leinster beat Connacht 12-3

Munster drew with Ulster 6-6

Ulster beat Connacht 29-6

Connacht drew with Munster 6-6 [This was Connacht's first point against anyone since a 3-3 draw in 1965-6]

FINAL TABLE

Ulster 5 points

Leinster 4 points

Munster 2 points

Connacht 1 point

1975-1976

Leinster beat Ulster 16-9

Munster beat Leinster 9-0

Leinster beat Connacht 7-0

Ulster beat Munster 9-7

Ulster beat Connacht 6-3

Munster beat Connacht 16-6

FINAL TABLE

Leinster and Munster and Ulster 4 points

Connacht 0 points

1976-1977

Ulster beat Leinster 36-21

Leinster beat Munster 12-6

Leinster beat Connacht 21-7

Ulster beat Munster 27-24

Ulster beat Connacht 13-3

Munster beat Connacht 13-6

FINAL TABLE

Ulster 6 points [This was Ulster's second inter-provincial triple whammy of the 1970s.]

Leinster 4 points

Munster 2 points

Connacht 0 points

1977-1978

Leinster beat Ulster 29-18

Munster beat Leinster 15-10

Leinster beat Connacht 30-9

Ulster beat Munster 9-6

Ulster beat Connacht 18-3

Munster beat Connacht 10-6

FINAL TABLE

Leinster and Munster and Ulster 4 points

Connacht 0 points

1978-1979

Leinster beat Ulster 9-3

Munster beat Leinster 12-3

Leinster beat Connacht 13-6

Munster beat Ulster 11-6 [This was Munster's first win against Ulster after nine failed attempts.]

Ulster beat Connacht 11-4

Munster beat Connacht 19-3

FINAL TABLE

Munster 6 points [This was Munster's first inter-provincial clean sweep since the 1968-1969 season.]

Leinster 4 points

Ulster 2 points

Connacht 0 points

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