Robbie Henshaw scored a smashing try for the British & Irish Lions as they defeated Japan 28-10 at Murrayfield on Saturday in what was an entertaining warm-up game ahead of the Test series against the Springboks.
Henshaw impressed in what was a costly victory as first half injuries to lock Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Justin Tipuric rule the Wales duo out of the tour.
Surprisingly James Ryan was not called up to replace the captain but Conor Murray now takes over as skipper for the trip to take on the World champions. Here’s wishing the Lions a safe and successful safari to South Africa.
Rumour has it that the SKY cameras may be visiting Dubarry Park and The Bounty on one of the Lions test match days. Watch out for further news soon!
Ireland U20s Win Again
Ireland U20’s maintained their winning streak with a comprehensive 40-12 Six Nations Championship victory over Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday.
Coach Richie Murphy made a handful of changes for this encounter against the host nation but Buccaneers duo Shane Jennings and Oisin McCormack both retained their starting berths.
Their influence on the proceedings justified that faith although Jennings incurred a trip to the sin bin but McCormack truly is a ‘hardy Bucc’ with another feisty performance.
Ireland top the table ahead of England on scoring difference and their clash on Thursday night (kick off 8pm) is not to be missed.
Meanwhile, Ireland take on Japan at senior level on Saturday. This should prove an enjoyable joust as Japan play a lively and enterprising brand of rugby while this fixture will be an opportunity for some of Ireland’s upcoming players to stake their claims for the future.
Hopefully a Buccaneer or two will be among them. Kick off at the Aviva Stadium is 1pm. USA Eagles are visitors there the following weekend.
TAG Rugby Summer League
Buccaneers TAG Rugby Summer League is now up and running on Friday nights at Dubarry Park.
Weather and playing conditions have been ideal to date for the 12 teams participating. Perhaps a midweek date would have resulted in more teams being involved?
Check Buccaneers Tag Rugby on Facebook for further information.
50/50 Draw Winner
Last week’s winner in Buccaneers RFC 50/50 Draw was Ann Finnegan who wins €170.
Thanks to all who are supporting this weekly draw which you can enter using envelopes at The Bounty or by contacting the club’s Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to set up a bankers order.