TheIreland national rugby union teamis the men's representative national team for the island ofIrelandinrugby union. The team represents both theRepublic of Irelandand the North of Ireland. Ireland competes in the annualSix Nations Championshipand in theRugby World Cup. Ireland is one of the four unions that make up theBritish & Irish Lions– players eligible to play for Ireland are also eligible for the Lions.
The Ireland national team dates to 1875, when it played its first international match against England. Ireland reached number 1 in theWorld Rugby Rankingsfor the first time in 2019.Eleven former Ireland players have been inducted into theWorld Rugby Hall of Fame.