Irish London Rugby Football Club London Irish is an Irish rugby football club. The club is based in the Docklands area of South East London, at the Sir Marcus Daly Park ground now known as Belvedere Road.
They play in the English Premiership, which is the highest level of competition in England. Their current captain is Luke McAlister and their coach is Mark Anscombe.
The club was founded in 1876 by Irishmen living in London. They originally played on Hampstead Heath before moving to their present ground, then called Millwall Athletic's Ground, in 1879. In 1889 they joined the newly formed Southern League and in 1895 they moved up to the First Division. In 1900 they won their first trophy when they beat Leeds University 8-7 in the final of the Yorkshire Cup. Since then they have won five more titles including two more Wembley finals. In 1927 London Irish lost 12-15 to St Helens R.F.C. in what is still regarded as one of the greatest matches ever played. Two years later they returned to Wembley where they faced St Helens again in the FA Cup final. This time it was the visitors who came out on top with a 15-3 win.
The Ireland national rugby union team is the island of Ireland's representative national team in the sport of rugby union. The team is made up of members from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The World Rugby Hall of Fame has admitted eleven former Ireland players. All were either born in Ireland or represented Ireland at some time during their careers.
Ireland first played against England in 1883, which was also the first international game ever played between these two countries. Since then, they have always been paired together in every tournament except for one when they were both invited to take part in the inaugural Five Nations tournament in 1998. Ireland has never won this competition but has always finished as one of the top three teams. In addition to the Five Nations, Ireland also takes part in other international matches and tournaments including the Summer Olympics, although they have never won a gold medal.
Ireland's home ground is Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork City. This stadium has been used for almost all of Ireland's matches since it was built in 1899. There are plans to replace it with a new stadium after it was revealed that it cannot be expanded anymore. For now, the Irish squad trains there before each match.
Northern Ireland debuted in 1995 and has since gone on to win two titles, in 2001 and 2002.
The British and Irish Lions are the most well-known multi-national rugby squad. The team has toured South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and France, and have never been defeated in a Test match.
The squad was founded in 1877 by the English cricket captain Arthur Shrewsbury who was looking for some way to keep fit while he was touring England with his country. He decided that a tour of South Africa would be good for the Lions' health - and it has never been defeated since.
The first official test match between Britain and Ireland took place in 1873 at Hamilton Park in Paisley, Scotland. This was also the first time that either side had played rugby. It was not until five years later that both countries formed unions that would codify rugby as we know it today, so this match really marks the birth of international rugby.
Both countries have sent teams to every single World Cup, but neither has ever won. The British Isles did win the inaugural tournament in 1987, however, they were disqualified due to political issues with Argentina and Australia.
The Rugby Football League also manages Great Britain's national rugby league side, called the Lions, which represents the whole British Isles. The Lions have never won the World Cup but they do hold the British and Irish record for most consecutive wins with 34 victories between 1994 and 1999.
The England squad is made up of players from England, Wales, Scotland and France. They play in the annual series against Ireland, who they share a stadium (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff) with, and Australia, whom they play annually at home. The three-game series is known as the Ashes.
England first played Ireland on February 2, 1883, at Raeburn Park, Edinburgh (a city in south-east Scotland). This was not actually part of any international tournament or series at the time; it was just two English teams having a match. The winners of this match were given a free hand to pick any other opponent they wanted to play. So England chose Ireland, who they defeated 4-3. There has been no break since then - every year since then, apart from when there was war, someone has been playing Ireland.
The second game between England and Ireland was played on March 3, 1883, at Dudley Road, St Helens, Lancashire.
The United Kingdom does not have a football or rugby team! Because these two sports are so popular and there is so much competition between the countries, each country in the UK has its own team (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England). However, at the Olympic Games and other sporting events, the United Kingdom is represented as a single squad. The UK Football Association and the Rugby Football Union are the governing bodies for football and rugby respectively.
There are several different ways to play football. There is a game called "rugby" that is very similar to American football. It is played on a field with 15 players on each side. A player can be either a forward or a back. In English rugby, forwards are called "backs". Both groups have distinct roles to play in order for their team to be successful. Forwards are supposed to get into space where they can run with the ball or hit someone with it; backs should stay close to the goal line and try to score points by running with the ball or hitting it ahead of them.
Football is most commonly thought of as an indoor sport but it is also played outdoors. The term "outdoor football" refers to soccer games that are played in weather conditions that make playing indoors unsafe. These games are usually scheduled when it is too cold or rainy out for soccer matches to be considered safe. Outdoor football is played on fields with goals as well as on beaches, parks, and roads.