Ireland’s Rugby League World Cup campaign underway

Ireland’s emerging 13 man rugby team are in action today in Parramatta, NSW as they take on the team from Tonga. Ireland are in a tough group along with Samoa and will have to perform well above expectations to qualify for the later stages. In the last tournament in 2000 the Irish reached the quarter finals, losing to England in a tight game. After a pretty bruising 1st half, Tonga lead 12-10 – can Ireland stay in touch in the second half?
Update Tonga 22 Ireland 20. Ireland gallant in defeat against an ill disciplined but talented Tonga – if Ireland had capitalised on their penalty count advantage it could have been very different. Damien Blanch was Ireland’s man of the match with a hat-trick of tries. “The Green Machine’s” next game is against Samoa on November the 5th.