2000 Ireland rugby union tour of The Americas

2000 Ireland rugby union tour of the Americas. The 2000 Ireland national rugby union team summer tour saw them play three Test matches against Argentina, the United States and Canada. The touring party included two sets of brothers – Simon and Guy Easterby and David and Paul Wallace.[1] The second Test against the United States remains Ireland's biggest win to date. It also saw Ireland score their most points (83) and their most tries (13) in a single match.[2] In the same game Mike Mullins scored a hat-trick of tries.[3] The tour saw several Ireland players making their senior debuts. David Wallace and Peter McKenna both featured against Argentina. However, while Wallace would on go to become an established international and a British Lion, it proved to be the first and last senior cap for McKenna.[4][5] Geordan Murphy, Guy Easterby, Tyrone Howe and Frankie Sheahan all made their senior Ireland debuts against the United States. Murphy and Easterby celebrated the occasion by scoring two tries each.[6]

2000 Ireland rugby union tour of The Americas
Coach(es)Warren Gatland
Tour captain(s)Keith Wood
Top test point scorer(s)Ronan O'Gara (25)
Top test try scorer(s)Mike Mullins (3)
03 01 01 01
Test match
03 01 01 01
1 0 0 1
 United States
1 1 0 0
1 0 1 0
Tour chronology
Previous tourAustralia 1999
Next tourNew Zealand 2002

Touring partyEdit


Match detailsEdit

Complete list of matches played by Ireland in the Americas:[7][8][9]


United StatesEdit

10 June 2000
United States   3–83   Ireland
Pen: Wells
Report[11][12] Tries: Mike Mullins (3)
Geordan Murphy (2)
Guy Easterby (2)
Simon Easterby (2)
Malcolm O'Kelly
Paul Wallace
David Humphreys
James Topping
Con: O'Gara (8) David Humphreys (1)
Singer Family Park, Manchester, New Hampshire
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: C Thomas (Wales)


17 June 2000
Canada   27–27   Ireland
Tries: Winston Stanley
Phil Murphy
Scott Stewart
Con: Scott Stewart (3)
Pen: Scott Stewart (2)
Report[13] Tries: Shane Horgan
Justin Bishop
Paul Wallace
Pen: David Humphreys
Ronan O'Gara (3)


  1. ^ New caps for Irish tour, BBC News, 8 May 2000
  2. ^ Ireland statistics on Irish Rugby (archived, 2 Dec 2008)
  3. ^ "www.munsterfans.com". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  4. ^ Two new caps for Irish, BBC News, 2 June 2000
  5. ^ Peter McKenna on Irish Rugby.com
  6. ^ Easterby and Howe's green light by Tony Ward, 7 Jun 2000
  7. ^ Rugby: Gathland wary of Canada game
  8. ^ Memoria y Balance 2000 on UAR website
  9. ^ Ireland could be next on list for Games
  10. ^ "Rugby: Ireland lose to Argentina by 34-23". RTE. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Pacey Irish romp to a record 13-try win". Irish Times. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Ireland in 13-try romp". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Canada Ireland". Irish Rugby. Retrieved 24 December 2021.