Remembering the Ireland team which ended a drought against Scotland

A 12 year run without wins came to an end at the 2000 Six Nations

BY Raf Diallo 18:39 Tuesday 31 January 2017, 18:39 31 Jan 2017

Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland in 2000 ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

As Eddie O'Sullivan alluded to when he appeared on Off The Ball on Monday, Ireland once struggled enormously whenever they came up against Scotland.

Remarkably Irish sides went through the entire 1990s without recording a single senior test victory over the Scots.

That record went from Ireland's win in 1988 all the way to the next triumph which came in the first ever Six Nations tournament in 2000 (the year the tournament expanded from the Five Nations).

As ex-Ireland head coach O'Sullivan said: "We went for a long, long time back in the '90s where we couldn't beat Scotland under any circumstances and it wasn't so much that they were better than us, they had the hex over us."

But who were the members of the Irish starting XV at Landsdowne Road on February 19th 2000 as Ireland finally defeated Scotland?

Girvan Dempsey

The 41 year old is now backs coach with Leinster. He did not see out the match, with Rob Henderson replacing him on 37 minutes.

Shane Horgan

The wing scored a try on the day that was even more significant for other reasons. Horgan was making his Ireland debut. He would make a telling impact in that Six Nations with three further tries against Wales and Italy.  

The 38 year old can be seen regularly on our screens as a TV analyst.

Brian O'Driscoll

The Scotland match was exactly one month before the future Ireland captain would score his legendary hat-trick of tries against France in Paris. He scored one of Ireland's tries at Landsdowne Road against the Scots and prophetically Irish Times rugby correspondent and current Off The Ball contributor Gerry Thornley noted that BOD was "easily the most potent and elusive player on the pitch" and that "there's no telling what this fellow could achieve".

These days, you'll hear him on Newstalk's Off The Ball on Fridays.

Ireland's Shane Horgan scores despite the attention of Glenn Metcalfe of Scotland  ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Mike Mullins

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, the center and ex-Munster player was part of Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad the previous year.

He had been a director of coaching at North Otago Rugby Football Union before going into coaching but parted ways in 2014.

Denis Hickie

The wing remains third on Ireland's all time list of try scorers and although he didn't score against Scotland in 2000, he helped set up Malcolm O'Kelly's try.

Hickie retired from Leinster and Ireland duty in 2007. 

In 2015, he spoke to The Sunday Times and had just undertaken a diploma in business finance.

Ronan O'Gara

The current Racing 92 coach started ahead of David Humphries in the 2000 match against the Scots before being replaced by the Ulster man after 50 minutes.

By then, Munster great ROG had a pair of penalties and two conversions.

Like many others on the day, he was winning his maiden Ireland cap.

Ireland's Peter Stringer ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Peter Stringer

The only player from the 2000 team that is still playing to this day, the former Munster scrum half is at Sale Sharks where he remains an evergreen presence at 39.

However, against Scotland he was another one of the Ireland debutants.

Peter Clohessy

Retiring two years later, The Claw was one of the experienced members of the starting team against the Scots at the age of 33.

He has since run a well known sports bar in Limerick called Clohessy's Bar.

Keith Wood

You can hear the former Ireland captain every Wednesday on Off The Ball alongside Gerry Thornley. Leading by example as always as captain, Wood was a try scorer against Scotland.

John Hayes

He would go on to win 105 caps overall but the first came against Scotland in 2000. The Bull would go on to make that position his own for over a decade.

Mick Galwey

Another of the experienced names on the day, the Kerry native was also remarkable in the sense that he also has an All Ireland winners medal in Gaelic football from his pre-Munster career.


Malcolm O'Kelly of Ireland scores a try ©INPHO/Lorraine O 'Sullivan

Malcolm O'Kelly

As you can see above, the former Ireland and Lions cap got over the try line on the day. It was his first try for Ireland.

In 2014, he chatted to the Examiner about life after rugby

Simon Easterby

Seventeen years on and the former flanker remains part of the Ireland setup in a coaching capacity. The 41 year old is forwards coach under Joe Schmidt.

If we go back to 2000 again though, Easterby was making his international debut as a player.

Kieron Dawson

The ex-Ulster and London Irish flanker was Worthing Raiders head coach until May 2016.

Anthony Foley

The Munster legend passed away in October 2016 and the tributes paid to him by former team-mates, opponents, fans, friends and family have been moving and highlighted what he meant to so many people. He was one of Ireland's top performers against Scotland in 2000.

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