Joe Schmidt had in 2016, handed debuts to about 18 players as Ireland pushed to make a rebound from a deflating Six Nations campaign, thus going on to record several victories over the big three of the southern hemisphere before the year came to an end.
This was after Ireland had been edged out of the World Cup quarter final by the Argentina Rugby team.
All this is set to remain in the past as Schmidt looks to lead a balanced and victory hungry squad to the Six Nations. He listed a few Munster players in the extended panel for the Six Nations namely Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Tommy O’Donnell who would take on Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield.
The Argentinean rugby union team will be facing strong favorites and world cup winners New Zealand in the 2016 Rugby Championships to be held on Sunday on 2nd October.
The All Blacks team is in great form of late and has won their last 6 matches convincingly. They even had the upper hand over Argentina when they last met on 10th September for the Rugby Championships in New Zealand.
Argentina also has a poor record against The All Blacks, but this is not deterring them to perform better on the game day.
Argentina rugby union team Los Pumas were one of the best performers during the weekend as they reached the 7th position in the World Rugby Rankings.
The team of Argentina also known as Los Pumas defeated South Africa and made the team and the fan followers proud. Argentina achieved its victory over South Africa with 26-24.
It was a great moment for everyone, including the head coach of Argentina. The coach of Argentina, Daniel Hourcade expressed his satisfaction and excitement over the victory.
Argentina has been flying high in the U20 world rugby championship.
Ireland has not been behind. As a result both the teams are set to be part of the semi finals this weekend. You would have found the Ireland team playing well in the pool stages. The Ireland team has played well from the beginning, especially in the win that they garnered against the New Zealand team. That was not the end of the encounter. Their last match against Georgia was impressive as well.
Argentina on the other hand, was instrumental in gaining advantage in Pool B where they played. They gained a total of 13 points, having beaten teams like Japan, South Africa and France. As a result they will be coming face to face to the Irish team in the semi finals that will be held in the forthcoming Monday.
For Argentina rugby fans, there is an upcoming repeat match of Argentina facing Australia again at Twickenham.
The coincidence of the same venue and nearly the same period of the year for the game are hard to miss by the fans. The championship games will start from August and Argentina will be hosting Australia on October 8th at Twickenham. It would certainly be a novel move on the part of the authorities who have decided on this venue which is outside the usual venues for this game; mainly it is countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina are hosting the game. This time, the venue indicates a move up the equator and not at any venue which is to the south of the equator.
It's hugely popular in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, but rugby is still in a little blip in the United States. North America's first professional rugby body Professional Rugby Organization’s Chief Executive Officer Doug Schoninger sees that as an advantage.
Their new league is all set to debut on 17th April, is targetting people by positioning itself as a hip, alternative sports option.
Schoninger said that they are new and disruptive and this is what differentiates them from most of the sports out there.
This is going to be really welcome to the younger millennial group, the 28 and under demographic, who have not attached themselves to traditional sports.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has blasted suggestions that domestic rugby is an afterthought for many New Zealand players and that they are just going through the motions just for the sake of it.
The Kiwi has admitted that he has not been able to get back to performing at his best, having played 503 minutes in nine games for the Crusaders, who currently sit at fourth in the New Zealand conference. However, he added that it doesn't mean he doesn't care about the Super Rugby anymore.
He sat down for an interview recently where he said that he knows he has not been playing up to the high standards he has set for himself and that is the same for a number of players in the squad, but mentioned that it is difficult to have an impact going backwards and for the last few weeks, he hasn't had the impact he hoped he would have.
The Argentina Rugby squad have been quite a great addition in Rugby Championship. The great Pumas have been doing incredibly well with win in one match, draw in another & are moving closer to plenty of fantastic performances in near future.
However, according to experts, albeit the Argentine team is gathering kudos for honest graft & endeavor, yet they are not a sexy squad. It’s unfortunate they fare miserably when it comes to the glamour quotient. In case, Samoa were there, they possibly won’t be as competitive yet that would have been largely easier for getting the Kiwis interested.
Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of former England flanker Tom Varndell on a two year deal from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Wasps RUFC ahead of the new season.
The 29 year old spent six years at the Premiership giants and was one of their star players as they went from mediocrity following success in the early 2000s to stabilising again when Dai Young took over as the new head coach.
Argentina rugby team would be reportedly playing the Barbarians in 2015 November. The match would be hosted at Twickenham.
The match is going to be a significant one for the Barbarians as it would mark their successful 125th anniversary. Baabaas had quite a tough time last year but then they managed to bounce back with great vigor this year fighting against some of the elite most squads of the rugby world. They came up with 49-39 to youthful English squad and had narrow loss to Australia with a score of 40-36 last month.