Ireland sweep the board at world rugby awards

Ireland sweep the board at world rugby awards

Ireland sweep the board at world rugby awards

"New Zealander Schmidt is expected to announce by the end of this month whether he will remain in charge beyond next year's World Cup in Japan".

"I just want to keep on challenging myself to keep on improving and hopefully making a difference for our country, but also on in someone else's life, who will see my story as an inspiration to do something great out there".

Andrew Conway's hat-trick sealed Ireland's second-straight autumn series clean sweep with a 57-14 win over the U.S. in Dublin.

With a quarter of the game gone, Ireland were tied 14-14 but Joe Schmidt's men powered on from that point to leave the U.S. scoreless to emerge with a comprehensive win.

Johnny Sexton, Joe Schmidt and the Irish national side received three of the top prizes at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco.

Ireland wore them down by pounding their line with their big men, forcing the visitors to make tackle after tackle. Cracks began to appear on the outside of the tiring Eagles defense.

They have also named his successor. Joey Carbery made eight of nine goalkicks.

Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals
Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals

Ruddock and Conway combined for the opening try in the third minute as the Munster winger danced his way into space just inside his own half before exchanging passes with Ireland's captain for the day and touching down.

Despite falling behind, the US began to enjoy more of the ball and they drew level once again after Henderson was judged to have illegally stopped their maul, with referee Ben O'Keeffe awarding the penalty try and showing the Ulster second row a yellow card.

With scrum being reset after reset, the crowd opted for the Mexican Wave to amuse themselves, thankfully Tadhg Beirne crossed for a try after the second lap to bring the attention back to the game.

If confirmed, the match will be one of five remaining Tests for the Springboks before the World Cup.

No matter. Centre Garry Ringrose, the only surviving starter from the win over New Zealand, set up Conway for his hat-trick, and launched the move from halfway which finished with replacement prop Ryan scoring their eighth and last try.

The scrum-half is among a five-strong shortlist following a stellar year of worldwide performances and now could be named World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year at a special ceremony at the Salle des Etoiles.

"In conversations with Joe you got a clear sense that this was a very tough decision for him knowing how much he enjoys working with this group of coaches and players, but it is a decision that Joe, Kellie and the kids have made as a family and that is to be respected".

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