Ireland Wolfhounds
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UnionIrish Rugby Football Union
Emblem(s)the Shamrock
Ground(s)Donnybrook Stadium
Ravenhill Stadium
Galway Sportsgrounds
Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
Coach(es)Dan McFarland
Richie Murphy
Captain(s)Felix Jones
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Ireland XV  3–4  France
(26 January 1946)
Largest win
Ireland XV  60–3  Scotland A
(01 March 2002)
Largest defeat
Ireland XV  7–67  Scotland A
(22 February 2008)

The Ireland Wolfhounds (formerly Ireland A and Ireland B) are the second national rugby union team of Ireland, behind the Ireland national team. They previously competed in the Churchill Cup together with the England Saxons, the national teams of Canada and the United States, as well as a selection of other nations' 1st, 2nd and 3rd representative sides (including Scotland A and the New Zealand Maori). They also played against other Six Nations countries' A sides during the Six Nations. They have intermittently played touring sides, namely South Africa in 2000, the All Blacks in 2001 and Australia in 2006. On the 21 June 2009, Ireland A won their first Churchill Cup, beating the England Saxons 49–22 in the final. They also won the Churchill Plate three times in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Initially named Ireland B, the side was redesignated to Ireland A from the 1992–1993 season.[1] They were once again renamed the Ireland Wolfhounds in January 2010. [2] This name was inspired by a nomadic invitational side, which competed between 1956 and 1987 against other club sides throughout Ireland.[3] The Wolfhounds have not competed in a competition since the IRFU declined to compete in the 2016 Tbilisi Cup.[4]

2015 squad

The Ireland Wolfhounds 23-man match day squad which was selected to play England Saxons on 30 January 2015 included:[5]

Results

Home record

Ireland A Home Record
Facility Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
Donnybrook Stadium 19 12 0 7 63.16%
Galway Sportsground 2 1 0 1 50%
Lansdowne Road 5 1 1 3 20%
Musgrave Park 2 1 0 1 50%
Ravenhill Stadium 12 6 0 6 50%
RDS Arena 1 1 0 0 100%
Tallaght Stadium 1 1 0 0 100%
Thomond Park 5 3 0 2 60%
Total 47 26 1 20 55.32%

Above is the Ireland Wolfhound's home record in each stadium. Up to date as of 27 October 2021.

Statistics

Overall

Against Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff % Won
 Argentina 1 1 0 0 27 12 +15 100.00%
Argentina Argentina Jaguars 2 2 0 0 64 8 +56 100.00%
Australia Australia A 1 0 0 1 17 24 –7 0%
Bay of Plenty (New Zealand) 1 0 0 1 39 52 –13 0%
 Canada 4 4 0 0 119 70 +49 100%
England England Saxons 28 10 0 18 530 668 –138 35.71%
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 53 0 +53 100%
 France 1 0 0 1 3 4 –1 0%
France France A 11 3 2 6 205 298 –93 27.27%
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 40 5 +35 100%
Italy Italy A 5 5 0 0 259 52 +207 100%
King Country (New Zealand) 1 0 0 1 26 32 –6 0%
New Zealand Academy 1 0 0 1 15 74 –59 0%
Māori people  Māori 3 0 0 3 38 118 –80 0%
New Zealand New Zealand XV 1 0 0 1 30 43 –13 0%
Northland (New Zealand) 1 0 0 1 16 69 –53 0%
 Samoa 2 1 0 1 48 75 –27 50%
Scotland Scotland A 23 11 2 10 468 474 –6 47.83%
South Africa South Africa 1 0 0 1 19 50 —31 0.00%
South Africa South Africa A 1 1 0 0 28 25 +3 100%
South Africa South Africa XV 1 1 0 0 28 11 +17 100.00%
Thames Valley (New Zealand University) 1 1 0 0 38 12 +26 100%
Tonga Tonga XV 1 1 0 0 48 19 +29 100%
 United States 3 3 0 0 106 29 +77 100%
Wales Wales A 10 3 0 7 240 263 –23 30%
Total 106 49 4 53 2504 2477 +17 46.23%

The above is a list of the Ireland Wolfhounds' head-to-head record against international first and second sides, non-national representative sides such as the New Zealand Maori, as well as some club sides. Up to date as of 27 October 2021

Honours

See also

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