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Ranking Irish Rugby’s Most Memorable Images Of 2016

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As the year draws to a close, we can look back on 2016 as a phenomenal, and at times tragic, twelve months of rugby.

The rugby community lost a true legend in Anthony Foley as Munster’s Head Coach suddenly passed away in October. The effect he had on the sport has been highlighted wonderfully since his death with the numerous tributes to the Limerick man.

Ireland enjoyed unprecedented success against the Southern hemisphere sides, beating South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in the past twelve months. Joe Schmidt’s charges ran out 40-29 winners in Chicago, beating the All Blacks for the first time.

Domestically, Connacht lifted the Pro12 trophy and Munster finished the year atop the table after a run of brilliant form.

We’ve picked out the most iconic images from the past year.

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10. Rising Star

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Twenty-one-year-old Joey Carbery sprints away from the Treviso defence.

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9. Pain

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The nadir of Ireland’s 2016 comes in Twickenham as a loss to England follows the defeat to France and draw with Wales.

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8. Try Of The Year

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Jamie Heaslip’s award-winning effort against the Italians is captured here.

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7. Passion

Jaco Taute celebrates scoring a try 22/10/2016

Jaco Taute celebrates after crossing for Munster in their first game after Axel’s death.

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6. Coming Of Age

Garry Ringrose scores his sides second try 26/11/2016

Young star Gary Ringrose scores for Ireland during their win over Australia.

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5. South Africa 20-26 Ireland

Paddy Jackson celebrates after the match with Devin Toner 11/6/2016

Paddy Jackson’s brilliance leads Ireland to victory over South Africa in June.

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4. History

Conor Murray celebrates scoring their third try 5/11/2016

Conor Murray rejoices after widening his side’s lead in Chicago.

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3. Grief

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Just days after their mentor’s death, Munster prepare to face Glasgow.

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2. Champions

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Connacht win the Pro12 title, the first time in their history.

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1. Eight

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The Irish team form a figure of eight in tribute to Foley as they face the Haka.
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