Tuesday 29 May 2007

Ireland 'A' vs New Zealand Maori

- Churchill Cup
- 29/5/07
- On tv: 19:30 (K.O. at 20:00) - Sky Sports 1

Ireland 'A'
1 - Ray Hogan
2 - John Fogarty (Captain)
3 - Michael Ross
4 - Ryan Caldwell
5 - Andrew Farley
6 - John O'Sullivan
7 - *Johnny O'Connor
8 - *Roger Wilson
9 - Frank Murphy
10 - Johnny Sexton
11 - Johnny Murphy
12 - Keith Earls
13 - Darren Cave
14 - Paul McKenzie
15 - Ross McCarron

Subs: Cronin, Fitzpatrick, Gannon, Keogh, Keane, Mallon, Hearty
* denotes those players capped at full international level

New Zealand Maori*
1 - Craig West
2 - Aled de Malmanche
3 - Ben May
4 - Kristian Ormsby
5 - Hayden Triggs
6 - Angus Macdonald
7 - Scott Waldrom or Tanerau Latimer
8 - Warren Smith
9 - Chris Smylie
10 - Tamati Ellison
11 - Anthony Tahana
12 - Rua Tipoki
13 - Dwayne Sweeney
14 - Hosea Gear
15 - Shannon Paku

Subs: Mahoney, Tui, Ross, Hoeata, Rodley, Bruce, Te Whare
* I have no idea who their captain is

England booked their place in the Churchill cup final yesterday after dispatching Scotland 18-3 in wet conditions at Twickenham yesterday. The winner of this match today will advance to meet the English swine in the cup final, the loser goes on to play the Scots in the plate/shield final. I'm not gonna lie I don't recognise a single player on that Maori side but I'm willing to wager that they're still considerably better than the Ireland 'A'. The Irish are playing with a stupidly young backline as well; Sexton at 10 with Cave and Earls occupying the centre roles. Can Earls even play centre? Anyway good to see Sexton get some time in the out-half jersey but I still think the Irish boys are in for one mother of a hiding later on

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