Ireland
Ireland in the Five Nations of 1998
By Gary Watton
April 16 2013


Denis Hickie

There was still no significant change in the fortunes of the Ireland rugby team, but they did come close to ending their jinx at the Parc des Princes. Instead of which, this would be another depressing whitewash season, to join other such fruitless campaigns as 1977, 1981, 1986, and 1992. I guess that euphemistically, Ireland were still 'a work in progress'.

IRELAND 16 SCOTLAND 17; 7th February; at Lansdowne Road

15 O'Shea

14 Wallace

13 Maggs

12 McCall

11 Hickie

10 Humphreys [drop goal, 2 penalties, conversion]

9 O'Meara

8 Miller

7 Dawson

6 Corkery

5 O'Kelly

4 Johns

3 Wallace

2 Wood (c)

1 Corrigan 

A first-half try by Alan Tait helped to separate these teams. Scotland had led 11-10 at the halfway stage.

FRANCE 18 IRELAND 16; 7th March; at the Stade de France

15 O'Shea

14 Wallace

13 Maggs

12 Henderson

11 Hickie [TRY]

10 Elwood [3 penalties, conversion]

9 McGuinness

8 Costello

7 Ward

6 Corkery

5 O'Kelly

4 Johns

3 Wallace

2 Wood (c)

1 Corrigan 

Ireland led 13-6 at the interval, but tries from Raphael Ibanez and Philippe Bernat-Salles prevented a famous victory.

IRELAND 21 WALES 30; 21st March; at Lansdowne Road

15 Clarke

14 Wallace

13 Maggs

12 Henderson

11 Hickie

10 Elwood [3 penalties, conversion]

9 McGuinness

8 Costello [TRY]

7 Ward [TRY]

6 Corkery

5 O'Kelly

4 Johns

3 Wallace

2 Wood (c)

1 Corrigan 

Despite two first-half tries which yielded a 15-13 interval lead, Ireland lost to Wales for the first time since 1994.

ENGLAND 35 IRELAND 17; 4th April; at Twickenham

15 Clarke

14 Wallace

13 Maggs

12 McCall

11 Hickie [2 TRIES]

10 Elwood [penalty, 2 conversions]

9 McGuinness

8 Costello

7 Ward

6 Corkery

5 O'Kelly

4 Johns

3 Wallace

2 Wood (c)

1 Corrigan 

Denis Hickie managed a try in each half, but triple-crown chasing England went one better, scoring two in each half.