Heaslip happy to have Henry on side

Heaslip happy to have Henry on side

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip is backing Ulster flanker Chris Henry to make life at the breakdown as tough for Samoa this weekend as he always does against Leinster.

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Fotuali'i set to captain Samoa

Fotuali'i set to captain Samoa

Injury-hit Samoa will be without five frontline stars for Saturday’s opening autumn international clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

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Rugby: Ireland in easy victory over Samoa

Full time: Ireland 35, Samoa 8.

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Rugby: Howe gets Ireland's fourth try

Tyrone Howe ends a sweeping Irish move after being fed by Staunton for the try in the corner. O'Gara added the difficult conversion as the game enters its final minutes.

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Rugby: Murphy scores Ireland's third try

Some sustained Irish pressure sees Brian O'Driscoll kick through for Geordan Murphy to touch down.

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Rigby: Samoa score try

Samoa break from their own half with Sititi, who fed inside before So'oalo touched down for the five points. The visitors failed with the conversion.

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Rugby: Staunton gets Ireland's second try

A brilliant move by the Irish back division sees O'Gara throw long to Kevin Maggs, who let in Jeremy Staunton on the burst for Ireland's second try.

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Rugby: Ireland have comfortable half-time lead

Ireland lead by 13 points at half-time thanks to a Frankie Sheehan try and three penalty kicks and one conversion from the boot of Ronan O'Gara.

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Rugby: O'Gara stretches Irish lead

O'Gara punishes Samoa with his third successful penalty kick as Ireland lead by 13 points with two minutes remaining in the first half.

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Rugby: Sheehan scores try

An excellent drive by the Irish pack sees Frankie Sheehan pile over the line for the first try of the game.

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Rugby: O'Gara scores for Ireland

O'Gara is successful with his second penalty kick on 10 minutes.

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Rugby: Samoa level matters

Samoa equalise through a penalty kick.

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Rugby: Ireland lead thanks to O'Gara penalty

Ronan O'Gara opens the scoring for Ireland after five minutes with a penalty kick in front of the goal.

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Rugby: Ireland take on Samoa

Ireland take on Samoa in a friendly international rugby fixture at Lansdowne Road today.

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