Ireland
Ireland in the Six Nations of 2010
By Gary Watton
April 26 2013

After an unbeaten and truly historic 2009 which culminated in a drawn encounter at home to the world champions of South Africa, Ireland went into reverse in the 2010 Six Nations. Details of who played for all the opposing teams can be sourced at the likes of www.espnscrum.com. 

IRELAND 29 ITALY 11; 6th February; at Croke Park

15 Kearney

14 Bowe

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 D'Arcy

11 Trimble

10 O'Gara [4 penalties, 2 conversions]

9 O'Leary [TRY]

8 Heaslip [TRY]

7 Wallace

6 McLaughlin

5 O'Connell

4 Cullen

3 Hayes

2 Flannery

1 Healy

Ireland comfortably led 23-8 at the halfway point, before replacement Paddy Wallace added one of two further penalties.

FRANCE 33 IRELAND 10; 13th February; at the Stade de France

15 Kearney

14 Bowe

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 D'Arcy

11 Earls

10 O'Gara [penalty, conversion]

9 O'Leary

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace [TRY]

6 Ferris

5 O'Connell

4 Cullen

3 Hayes

2 Flannery

1 Healy

Two first-half tries and two second-half drop goals helped France to blow Ireland away in yet another Parisian setback.

ENGLAND 16 IRELAND 20; 27th February; at Twickenham

15 Murphy

14 Bowe [2 TRIES]

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 D'Arcy

11 Earls [TRY]

10 Sexton [penalty]

9 O'Leary

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace

6 Ferris

5 O'Connell

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Healy

The displaced Ronan O'Gara came on and converted Tommy Bowe's late decisive try. Ireland had led 8-6 at half time.

IRELAND 27 WALES 12; 13th March; at Croke Park

15 Murphy

14 Bowe 

13 O'Driscoll (c)

12 D'Arcy

11 Earls [2 TRIES]

10 Sexton [drop goal, 3 penalties]

9 O'Leary [TRY]

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace

6 Ferris

5 O'Connell

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Healy

Keith Earls scored a try in each half, none of which were converted, while Wales relied on four Stephen Jones penalties.

IRELAND 20 SCOTLAND 23; 20th March; at Croke Park

15 Murphy

14 Bowe [TRY]

13 O'Driscoll (c) [TRY]

12 D'Arcy

11 Earls

10 Sexton [penalty, conversion]

9 O'Leary

8 Heaslip

7 Wallace

6 Ferris

5 O'Connell

4 O'Callaghan

3 Hayes

2 Best

1 Healy

Dan Parks kicked 18 points to supplement Johnnie Beattie's first-half try as Scotland foiled Ireland's triple crown hopes.