The Churchill Cup finished play for 2009 on Father’s Day. Ireland ‘A’ came away with the first Churchill Cup victory for the team, wrestling away the hold the English squad had on the Cup over the last two years. Ireland held a slim 20-12 lead after the end of the first half, but the English team just could not keep up with the onslaught led by tournament MVP, Fergus McFadden.
Argentina managed to hold off an inspired effort by the Canadian team in the second half to win 44-29, taking home the Plate. The fourth place finish was the best for the Canadian team in the history of the tournament.
In the Bowl match, the USA squad defeated the Georgian team 31-13 to lock up 5th in the tournament. More importantly, the USA team stood to move up in the official International Rugby Board rankings (from 19th) if they could pull off a win (the US has since moved up to 18th).
|June 6th||England Saxons||28||Argentina||20|
|June 10th||Ireland ‘A’||30||Canada||19|
|June 14th||England Saxons||56||USA||17|
|England Saxons||22||Ireland ‘A’||49|
Ireland ‘A’- Churchill Cup Champions!!!
Argentina- Plate Winner (3rd)
USA- Bowl Winner (5th)
The members of the Irish team are sure to tip back a pint or two in celebration of their win. While there will undoubtedly be a Guinness or two consumed in celebration (Guinness and Irish Rugby kind of go hand in hand), there are other Irish beers which will probably be a part of the festivities as well.
The Dublin Brewing Company makes a couple of really good beers for the discerning fan or rugged player (and anyone else that enjoys a good beer). D’Arcy’s Dublin Stout is dark, full-bodied stout with a rich aroma. Made from all natural ingredients, this vegetarian beer boasts a dry, smoky malt flavor. The important thing is it has a clean taste that goes down smooth- perfect for a celebration.
Another excellent Irish creation is made by the Carlow Brewing Company. O’hara’s Celtic Stout, once voted the best stout in the world back in 2000, is a very dark, dry stout with a rich, malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. The aroma of dark roasted coffee leads into the creamy texture of this smooth, almost sweet stout. Drink one of these when you can’t get your hands on a Guinness, and you might never touch a Guinness again!