Ireland
Ireland in the Six Nations of 2008
By Gary Watton
April 26 2013

Regrettably the Irish went back into a temporary shell after the highs of the previous four seasons. It was Wales who once again stepped forward and swept all before them as they proceeded to their second grand slam of the decade. Ireland's season was so bad that they even lost to England! Eddie O'Sullivan did not survive this disappointing campaign which itself had come in the wake of an equally mediocre effort at the 2007 World Cup finals in France.

IRELAND 16 ITALY 11; 2nd February; at Croke Park

15 Dempsey [TRY]

14 Trimble

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 D'Arcy

11 Murphy

10 O'Gara [3 penalties, conversion]

9 Reddan

8 Leamy

7 Wallace

6 Easterby

5 O'Kelly

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Horan

Ronan O'Gara kicked two second-half penalties as the hosts squeezed home, having only led 10-3 at the halfway point.

FRANCE 26 IRELAND 21; 9th February; at the Stade de France

15 Dempsey

14 Murphy

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 Trimble

11 Kearney

10 O'Gara [3 penalties, conversion]

9 Reddan

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace [TRY]

6 Leamy

5 O'Kelly

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Jackman

1 Horan

Vincent Clerc recorded a hat-trick of tries as Ireland again conceded a huge lead before rallying with two tries.

IRELAND 34 SCOTLAND 13; 23rd February; at Croke Park

15 Murphy

14 Bowe [2 TRIES]

13 O'Driscoll.B (c)

12 Trimble

11 Kearney [TRY]

10 O'Gara [penalty, 3 conversions]

9 Reddan

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace [TRY]

6 Leamy

5 O'Driscoll.M

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Jackman

1 Horan [TRY]

Ireland comfortably won the try count 2-0 in the first half and then 3-1 after the interval for an emphatic home win.

IRELAND 12 WALES 16; 8th March; at Croke Park

15 Kearney

14 Horgan

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 Trimble

11 Bowe

10 O'Gara [4 penalties]

9 Reddan

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace

6 Leamy

5 O'Connell

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Horan

Shane Williams slipped over the try-line to secure the triple crown in spite of Ireland having led 6-3 at half time.

ENGLAND 33 IRELAND 10; 15th March; at Twickenham

15 Murphy

14 Bowe

13 Trimble

12 Horgan

11 Kearney [TRY]

10 O'Gara (c) [penalty, conversion]

9 Reddan

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace

6 Leamy

5 O'Connell

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Horan

Having led 13-10 at the interval, England added two more tries, while Danny Cipriani kicked eighteen points.