Five Nations Whitewashes!


By Gary Watton
February 20 2014

  It is no exaggeration to state that Ireland have experienced a rollercoaster ride in the Five Nations and subsequent Six Nations. Whilst the national team has largely excelled in the enlarged Six Nations, the story of their Five Nations campaigns has been less glorious, as the first XV has contrived to produce an assortment of triumphs and whitewashes. Let's painfully recall the years when the men in green earned nul points from their four outings. 

1920

IRELAND 11 England 14; 14th February

Scotland 19 IRELAND 0; 28th February

Wales 28 IRELAND 4; 13th March

IRELAND 7 France 15; 3rd April

After running England close in their opening tussle, Ireland were comprehensively beaten in their next three fixtures, back when a try was worth three points.

 

1960

England 8 IRELAND 5; 13th February

IRELAND 5 Scotland 6; 27th February

IRELAND 9 Wales 10; 12th March

France 23 IRELAND 6; 9th April

The Irish lost narrowly to the three home unions before they were scalped in their final fixture, finding Paris au printemps to be less than enjoyable.

 

1977

Wales 25 IRELAND 9; 15th January

IRELAND 0 England 4; 5th February

Scotland 21 IRELAND 18; 19th February

IRELAND 6 France 15; 19th March

Although they were not on the same level as France and Wales, Ireland will be disappointed not to have recorded a win against either England or Scotland.

 

1981

IRELAND 13 France 19; 7th February

Wales 9 IRELAND 8; 21st February

IRELAND 6 England 10; 7th March

Scotland 10 IRELAND 9; 21st March

Conceding less points in the championship than any other team, Ireland peculiarly ended bottom of the pile, as Campbell and Ward missed too many kicks.

 

1984

France 25 IRELAND 12; 21st January

IRELAND 9 Wales 18; 4th February

England 12 IRELAND 9; 18th February

IRELAND 9 Scotland 32; 3rd March

Only one try was scored in the final, crushing defeat. This campaign was an assignment too far for 'Dad's Army' as our ageing pack ran out of steam.

 

1986

France 29 IRELAND 9; 1st February

IRELAND 12 Wales 19; 15th February

England 25 IRELAND 20; 1st March

IRELAND 9 Scotland 10; 15th March

Ireland went from triple crown to whitewash in one year. They would deservedly have beaten Scotland but for a late missed penalty from Michael Kiernan.

 

1992

IRELAND 15 Wales 16; 18th January

England 38 IRELAND 9; 1st February

IRELAND 10 Scotland 18; 15th February

France 44 IRELAND 12; 21st March

Convincingly thumped on their two away trips, the most diplomatic explanation for this Ireland squad were that they were euphemistically "in transition". 

 

1998

IRELAND 16 Scotland 17; 7th February

France 18 IRELAND 16; 7th March

IRELAND 21 Wales 30; 21st March

England 35 IRELAND 17; 4th April

Denis Hickie weighed in with three tries, a sign of good times ahead, and Keith Wood impressed, but Ireland still lacked enough quality to compete in Europe.

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Five Nations Whitewashes!
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Date: 20/02/2014 13:45

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