Ireland
Ireland in the Five Nations of 1986
By Gary Watton
April 13 2013


Another Mullin try

Like Scotland before them, the Oirish descended from champions to whitewashed wooden spoon recipients in one season. Unfortunately, this campaign began with a spanking in Paris from a French team themselves smarting from a defeat at Murrayfield. Ireland never really recovered from this setback, and this time around, the selectors couldn't resist the temptation to ring the changes, even dropping Phil Orr after forty-nine successive caps, a decision that spectacularly backfired at Twickenham against a rampant English scrum.

FRANCE 29 IRELAND 9; 1st February; at Parc des Princes

15 MacNeill

14 Ringland

13 Mullin

12 Kiernan [3 penalties]

11 Finn

10 Dean

9 Bradley

8 Spillane

7 Morrow

6 Kearney

5 Anderson

4 Lenihan

3 McCoy

2 Fitzgerald (c)

1 Orr

Little Pierre Berbizier, the prop Philippe Marocco, and the outstanding centre Philippe Sella helped themselves to a try.

IRELAND 12 WALES 19; 15th February; at Lansdowne Road

15 MacNeill

14 Ringland [TRY]

13 Mullin

12 Kiernan [2 penalties, conversion]

11 Finn

10 Dean

9 Bradley

8 Spillane

7 Carr

6 Kearney

5 Holland

4 Lenihan

3 Fitzgerald.D

2 Fitzgerald.C (c)

1 Kennedy

After a bright start that culminated in a 12-4 lead, Ireland collapsed, with big Phil Davies scoring the decisive try.

ENGLAND 25 IRELAND 20; 1st March; at Twickenham

15 MacNeill

14 Ringland [TRY]

13 Mullin [TRY]

12 Kiernan [2 penalties, conversion]

11 Crossan

10 Keyes

9 Bradley

8 Spillane

7 Carr

6 Morrow

5 Lenihan

4 McCall [TRY]

3 Fitzgerald.D

2 Fitzgerald.C (c)

1 Kennedy

Two first-half tries gave Ireland a 10-9 interval lead, but the Irish scrum was dismantled at a frozen Twickenham.

IRELAND 9 SCOTLAND 10; 15th March; at Lansdowne Road

15 MacNeill

14 Ringland [TRY]

13 Mullin

12 Kiernan [penalty, conversion]

11 Crossan

10 Ward

9 Bradley

8 Anderson

7 Carr

6 Morrow

5 Lenihan

4 McCall

3 Fitzgerald.D

2 Fitzgerald.C (c)

1 Orr

Kiernan missed an 'easy' late penalty attempt which would have yielded a merited win. Ireland had led 9-0 at half time.