Ireland
Ireland in the Five Nations of 1974
By Gary Watton
April 5 2013

This was a Championship-winning year for an Irish team that had produced many fine performances in the previous decade, without stringing three or four together in the same campaign. However, the likes of McBride and the formidable front row were in the twilight of their careers, and this tournament was merely an interval between periods of Welsh [and French] domination. The line-ups of the opposing teams can be sourced at www.espnscrum.com

FRANCE 9 IRELAND 6; 19th January; at Parc des Princes

15 Ensor [2 penalties]

14 Becker

13 Gibson

12 Milliken

11 McMaster

10 Quinn

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Keane

4 McBride (c)

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin 

A second-half try by Victor Bofelli helped the hosts to a narrow win. Big Moss Keane won his first cap in this defeat.

IRELAND 9 WALES 9; 2nd February; at Lansdowne Road

15 Ensor [3 penalties]

14 Becker

13 Gibson

12 Milliken

11 Lavery

10 Quinn

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 Deering

5 Keane

4 McBride (c)

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

Tony Ensor and Phil Bennett each added a penalty to the half-time score. JJ Williams scored the match's only try.

ENGLAND 21 IRELAND 26; 16th February; at Twickenham

15 Ensor [penalty]

14 Grace

13 Gibson [2 TRIES, 2 conversions]

12 Milliken

11 McMaster

10 Quinn [drop goal]

9 Moloney [TRY]

8 Moore [TRY]

7 Slattery

6 McKinney

5 Keane

4 McBride (c)

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

England fly half Alan Old kicked seventeen points and still ended up on the losing team, courtesy of a certain Mike Gibson!

IRELAND 9 SCOTLAND 6; 2nd March; at Lansdowne Road

15 Ensor

14 Grace

13 Gibson [conversion]

12 Milliken [TRY]

11 McMaster

10 Quinn

9 Moloney

8 Moore

7 Slattery

6 McKinney [penalty]

5 Keane

4 McBride (c)

3 Lynch

2 Kennedy

1 McLoughlin

Two second-half penalties from Andy Irvine eroded the 9-0 interval lead, but the hosts held on for a narrow win.