Ireland is proud of its special place in international rugby history.
More than 140 years after it staged its first international match, Ireland promises to make new history for the game in 2023.
Our Rugby Heritage
1854 – Dublin University Football Club founded – 2nd oldest rugby club in the world
1874 – Irish Rugby Union founded
1878 – Lansdowne Road hosts first international match – oldest rugby stadium in the world.
1886 – International Rugby Board founded by Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
1948 – Ireland win the Grand Slam
1974 – Centenary celebrations
1982 – Ireland win the Triple Crown
1987 – Ireland participate in the first Rugby World Cup
1991 – Ireland plays host to pool matches and a quarter final of the Rugby World Cup
2007 – Ireland play in Croke Park for the first time
2009 – Ireland win the Grand Slam
2012 – Leinster & Ulster set a European Cup Final attendance record in Twickenham
2015 – Ireland fans help to set a Rugby World Cup attendance record in Wembley
2017 – Ireland to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup