Irish rugby fans celebrate a mighty victory this morning as Andy Farrell’s men defeated the All-Blacks in New Zealand for the first time.
Ireland prevailed in a clash of titans by 23 points to 12. It is also the fourth time Ireland have beaten the All-Blacks in their last seven Tests. The recent good run against the Southern Hemisphere superpower began with a historic 40-29 win at Soldier Field, Chicago in 2016.
However, Ireland’s victory this morning was made all the sweeter by last week’s crushing 42-19 defeat by New Zealand.
Former players and well-known Irish fans have been bringing congratulations to the team since the final whistle just after 10.10 this morning.
Ex-Irishman Tommy Bowe wrote on Twitter that it was an “incredible” performance.
“Just unbelievable. What an achievement,” he wrote.
Former Ireland and Leinster winger Luke Fitzgerald gave particular praise to Ireland’s Josh van der Flier.
“JVDF has been incredibly good this year,” he wrote.
Irish football legend Paul McGrath said he was particularly proud of the “engagement” of the players.
“Eyes on game three lads who have beaten what I think is the most consistent team in rugby in the world. So much respect for New Zealand but boy do I love the Irish involvement. Great result guys,” he posted.
Comedian Mario Rosenstock pointed out that today’s win sparked some delicious competition as the series wraps up next week.
“So proud of the Irish Boys. Congratulations on a historic win at the All Blacks. What a game next week between Ireland and New Zealand,” he said.
Connacht head coach Andy Friend noted that Ireland “shook up” the All-Blacks.
“It’s not often that an AB team looks so shaken up on their home turf. Huge 10 minute opening set the stage for that famous Ireland win. Physicality, precision, execution – congratulations to everyone involved. Next week will be a blast” , he said.
Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall said he got up bright and early to check the result and was not disappointed.
“I just woke up at 5.30am and was checking rugby to find that Ireland had beaten the New Zealand All Blacks. Well, how about this. Well done Ireland with a great result,” he posted.
Sport Minister Jack Chambers has praised Ireland’s “historians”.
After the game, Johnny Sexton said the team hopes “I hope we made you all proud at home”.
The All-Blacks have ‘credited’ Ireland as they look forward to next week’s decision.
Meanwhile, former All-Black star Israel Dagg offered more praise as he joined the chorus of rugby fans who recognized performances by Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/international-rugby/just-incredible-what-a-performance-ex-players-and-supporters-react-to-irelands-historic-win-in-new-zealand-41827086.html ‘Just unbelievable what an achievement’ – ex-players and fans react to Ireland’s historic win in New Zealand