Ireland
Ireland in the Five Nations of 1972
By Gary Watton
March 30 2013


Mike Gibson

1972 was a unique Five Nations tournament as Scotland and Wales declined to play in Dublin following the unrest arising out of Bloody Sunday. Ireland finished tantalisingly with two wins from two difficult away encounters while Wales recorded three triumphs from three outings. It was such a great pity that the competition was not completed. Tries were now awarded four points, and not before time!

FRANCE 9 IRELAND 14; 30th January; at the Stade de Colombes

15 Kiernan (c) [2 penalties]

14 Grace

13 Gibson

12 Flynn

11 McMaster

10 McGann

9 Moloney [TRY]

8 Hickie

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Feighery

4 McBride

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin [TRY]

Debutant John Moloney recorded a try while Ray McLoughlin bulldozed over the line in this historic triumph in Paris.

ENGLAND 12 IRELAND 16; 12th February; at Twickenham

15 Kiernan (c) [penalty, conversion]

14 Grace [TRY]

13 Gibson

12 Flynn [TRY]

11 McMaster

10 McGann [drop goal]

9 Moloney

8 Hickie

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Feighery

4 McBride

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

Unchanged Ireland recorded two second-half tries to overturn a 9-3 interval deficit and secure a famous win in London.