Ireland
Ireland in the Six Nations of 2013
By Gary Watton
April 28 2013

Leinster had won three out of the last four Heineken Cups while Ulster had made a dazzling start to the season, but once again Ireland could not translate their provincial pedigree into domination of the Six Nations. In this utterly depressing campaign, the Oirish contrived to lose to a mediocre England team and then lose to a subdued Scotland XV, before conceding a draw to a far from impressive France. At least Italy actually played quite well against us! Oh well, now that amiable Declan has walked the plank, t'aint no point in crying over spilled milk. Onwards and upwards, men in green!

WALES 22 IRELAND 30; 2nd February; at the Millennium Stadium

15 Kearney

14 Gilroy

13 O'Driscoll [TRY]

12 D'Arcy

11 Zebo [TRY]

10 Sexton [3 penalties, 3 conversions]

9 Murray

8 Heaslip (c)

7 O'Brien

6 O'Mahony

5 Ryan

4 McCarthy

3 Ross

2 Best

1 Healy [TRY]

At the start of the second half, Ireland led 30-3 but Wales replied with three tries from Cuthbert, Halfpenny, and Mitchell.

IRELAND 6 ENGLAND 12; 10th February; at Lansdowne Road

15 Kearney

14 Gilroy

13 O'Driscoll 

12 D'Arcy

11 Zebo

10 Sexton [3 penalties]

9 Murray

8 Heaslip (c)

7 O'Brien

6 O'Mahony

5 Ryan

4 McCarthy

3 Ross

2 Best

1 Healy

Owen Farrell kicked two first-half penalties. Ronan O'Gara responded with two, before Farrell converted two more.

SCOTLAND 12 IRELAND 8; 24th February; at Murrayfield

15 Kearney

14 Gilroy [TRY]

13 O'Driscoll 

12 Marshall

11 Earls

10 Jackson [penalty]

9 Murray

8 Heaslip (c)

7 O'Brien

6 O'Mahony

5 Ryan

4 O'Callaghan

3 Ross

2 Best

1 Court

A dominant Ireland only led 8-0 after fifty minutes and they were then punished by four Greig Laidlaw penalties.

IRELAND 13 FRANCE 13; 9th March; at Lansdowne Road

15 Kearney

14 McFadden

13 O'Driscoll 

12 Marshall

11 Earls

10 Jackson [2 penalties, conversion]

9 Murray

8 Heaslip (c) [TRY]

7 O'Brien

6 O'Mahony

5 Ryan

4 McCarthy

3 Ross

2 Best

1 Healy

Ireland deservedly led 13-3 at the halfway point, but a converted try for Louis Picamoles earned France a draw.

ITALY 22 IRELAND 15; 16th March; in Rome

15 Kearney

14 Gilroy

13 O'Driscoll 

12 Marshall

11 Earls

10 Jackson [5 penalties]

9 Murray

8 Heaslip (c)

7 O'Brien

6 O'Mahony

5 Ryan

4 McCarthy

3 Ross

2 Best

1 Healy

Italy led 9-6 at the halfway stage and then the winger Venditti scored the only try of the match to secure an historic win.