Emerging Ireland hammered Russia 66-0 in the Nations Cup in Bucharest, with the game lasting just 45 minutes before it was called off due to thunder and lightning.

The adverse weather meant that referee Ian Davies called a halt to proceedings early as the conditions were deemed unplayable amid concerns for player safety at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf.

As the storm persisted for 30 minutes in duration, under official tournament rules, the game was abandoned and the score at the time of the game being abandoned was adopted as the final result.

Russia may well have been glad to have the tie ended 35 minutes early as they had just had their hooker Stanislav Selskiy sin-binned prior the storm halting play.

Andrew Conway scored a hat-trick for Ireland, with Craig Gilroy scoring a brace and Ian Keatley, Niall Annett, Robin Copeland, Tommy O'Donnell and Paul Marshall all crossing for a try each.

Ian Keatley kicked five conversions, while JJ Hanrahan knocked over three.

Next up Ireland face Uruguay on 18 June before taking on Romania on 22 June.