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Ireland in the Five Nations of 1973

By Gary Watton
March 30 2013

Here is more delightful factual trivia for your unbounded pleasure. 1973 was a year dominated by glam rock, but Ireland provided their own glam which left one or two opponents yearning for the dark side of the moon. Check out www.espnscrum.com for details of who the opposition players were. All five teams shared the championship with two wins and two defeats each. How nice.

IRELAND 18 ENGLAND 9; 10th February; at Lansdowne Road

15 Kiernan (c)

14 Grace [TRY]

13 Milliken [TRY]

12 Gibson

11 McMaster

10 McGann [penalty, drop goal, 2 conversions]

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 Buckley

5 Mays

4 McBride

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

Debutant Dick Milliken recorded a try. Tony Neary scored one after the interval, but it was merely a consolation.

SCOTLAND 19 IRELAND 14; 24th February; at Murrayfield

15 Kiernan (c) [TRY]

14 Grace

13 Milliken

12 Gibson

11 McMaster [TRY]

10 McGann [2 penalties]

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 Buckley

5 Mays

4 McBride

3 Lynch

2 Kenendy

1 McLoughlin

Fly half Dougie Morgan kicked twelve points for the hosts as they recovered from a 10-9 interval deficit.

WALES 16 IRELAND 12; 10th March; at Cardiff Arms Park

15  Ensor

14 Grace

13 Milliken

12 Gibson [TRY]

11 McMaster

10 McGann [2 penalties, conversion]

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Mays

4 McBride (c)

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

Tony Ensor won his first cap, replacing the legendary Tom Kiernan. Wales had led 6-3 at half time. 

IRELAND 6 FRANCE 4; 14th April; at Lansdowne Road

15 Ensor [penalty]

14 Dennison

13 Milliken

12 Gibson [penalty]

11 McMaster

10 Quinn

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Molloy

4 McBride (c)

3 Clegg

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

If Phliponeau's second-half try had been converted, France would have won the championship.

 

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