Irish Rugby

    Ireland rugby team play their home games in the Aviva Stadium and play in the Six Nations, Autumn Internationals

    The Ireland national team dates to 1875, when it played its first international match against England. Ireland reached number 1 in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time in 2019.

    Eleven former Ireland players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

    In 1874, the Irish Football Union (reconstituted as the Irish Rugby Football Union after unification with the North of Ireland Union) was formed. Ireland lost their first test match against England 0–7 at the Oval on 15 February 1875.