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Ireland beat England

February 28th, 2005

Ireland defeated England by 19-13 at a match played in Dublin on Sunday.

Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll sealed the win when he scored Ireland’s only try 57 minutes into the match. At the time England were leading 13-12. The try and subsequent conversion gave Ireland a 6 point lead that they were able to defend against determined English attacking.
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Wales comeback to beat France

February 27th, 2005

Wales cameback to defeat France 24-18 at Stade de France, Paris on Saturday. Wales are on track to record their first 6 Nations grand slam since 1978.

France lead 15-6 going into half-time after tries through scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili and winger Aurelien Rougerie.

Welsh flanker Martyn Williams scored two tries in 6 minutes after the break. This gave Wales an 18-15 lead.
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Hurricanes hold out against Reds

February 27th, 2005

The Hurricanes opened their 2005 Super 12 season with a hard earned win against the Queensland Reds at Ballymore. The Hurricanes scored 24 points to 10 points from the Reds.

Reds skipper Elton Flatley opened the scoring early with a try in the first 30 seconds. The Hurricanes came back through try to Ma’a Nonu. The conversion and two penalties gave the Hurricanes a 13-5 lead going into half-time.
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Brumbies too good for Crusaders

February 26th, 2005

Last years grand finalists the Brumbies and the Crusaders faced off at Bruce Stadium, Canberra. The Brumbies were able to over power their opponent 32 to 21.

The Crusaders took the lead during the first half through a try. Crusader hooker Corey Flynn was sent to the sinbin for rucking away from the ball.
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Brian O’Driscoll to lead North in Tsunami benefit

February 26th, 2005

Sir Clive Woodward has announced his northern hemisphere squad to play the southern hemisphere side in the tsunami rugby aid match at Twickenham on March 5.

As widely predicted Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll will lead the side made up from players from the six nations. Only the squad has been announced, while the starting line-up will be announced next week.
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Former French captain dies

February 26th, 2005

Former French captain and coach Jean Prat has died aged 81 in a Tarbes hospital.

Prat, a flanker, won 51 caps for his country with 17 of those as captain. In 1954 he captained the first French team to defeat New Zealand.

He went on to coach France from 1964 to 1968.


Stormers defeat Sharks

February 26th, 2005

The Stormers defeated the Sharks 26-12 in their opening Super 12 match on Friday.

Winger Breyton Paulse scored a pair of tries for the Stormers, while fellow Springbok winger scored the Stormers other try.
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Waratahs overpower Chiefs

February 25th, 2005

The Waratahs started their 2005 Super 12 of well with a convincing win over the Chiefs. Waratahs scored 25 to the Chiefs 7 points. The Waratahs also earn a bonus point for scoring four tries.

At half time the Waratahs lead the Chiefs 17 points to nil. With Mat Rogers scoring one try and being involved in the lead up to the other two.
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Blues defeat Highlanders

February 25th, 2005

In the first Super 12 game of 2005, the Blues scored 30 to the Highlanders 14 points.

The Blues lead the Highlanders 13-6 at half time. Highlanders skipper, Anton Oliver, played his 100th Super 12 game, the first New Zealander to do so.
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Kaino out for tsunami match

February 24th, 2005

Jerome Kaino has been forced to withdraw from the March 5, IRB Tsunami Relief match. Kaino has not recovered from an injury he received on the 31 January and will miss the first round of the Super 12 for the Blues as well as the Tsunami match.

A replacement for Kaino has yet to be named.