“Like The Grifters” – Ireland’s unique Rugby World Cup failure to serve as a starting point as coaching role talks intensify…

Ireland’s unique Rugby World Cup failure, which ended in a quarter-final elimination, can serve as a starting point for Andy Farrell to lead the team forward…

To put it in perspective, it’s like a scene from the 1990 movie “The Grifters” where the characters discuss using oranges wrapped in a towel to create bruises without causing severe harm. Ireland’s previous World Cup exits were much more damaging, and this time, it’s different.

Recall the past World Cups: In 2003, Ireland trailed France 27-0 at half-time, in 2015 they were down 20-0 to Argentina after 22 minutes, and in 2019, New Zealand led 22-0 at half-time and 34-0 midway through the second half, resulting in losses by a total of 77 points.

The 2011 loss to Wales was equally disheartening, with Ireland failing to score after leveling the game at 10-10, ultimately losing by 12 points.

The recent quarter-final loss contained elements of those past failures, including issues with the lineout, scrum penalties, and slow starts. The significant difference was their resilience and response.

This team faced adversity and didn’t have their A-game, but they didn’t crumble. Every previous Irish team in the professional era had folded at World Cups, but this one displayed remarkable determination and resistance.

This World Cup was unique because it was the first Irish squad that genuinely believed they could win the tournament. While previous talented squads aspired to victory, there was a sense that their conviction fell short. This squad’s elevated mentality allowed them to compete fiercely against South Africa and New Zealand.

So, what comes next? In the aftermath of previous World Cups, coaching changes often occurred. However, this time, there is no impending upheaval. Andy Farrell has demonstrated his ability to build a team, although filling the void left by Johnny Sexton will be a significant challenge. Farrell’s talent to unite people is invaluable.

This World Cup marked a departure from the past as Ireland entered as contenders. Other Irish teams lost because they didn’t believe they could win, but this team had a different mindset. In time, people will recognize the significance of this shift.

While the wounds may still be fresh, there is no permanent damage. It might be too soon to focus on the future and renewed hope, but the feeling of progress should be cherished.


Johnny Sexton is being considered for a coaching role with Ireland shortly after his final game in the national jersey…

The 38-year-old recently captained the team under Andy Farrell, but their Rugby World Cup dreams were dashed in a heart-wrenching defeat to New Zealand in Paris earlier this month.

Sexton’s emotional moment with his son on the Stade de France pitch after the 28-24 loss to the All Blacks garnered attention.

There are reports suggesting that Ireland’s assistant coach, Mike Catt, may leave his role after next year’s Six Nations, as his family has relocated to England. Consequently, Farrell may be in search of a new backs coach, and Johnny Sexton is being considered as a potential candidate.

After the New Zealand defeat, Farrell expressed how Sexton’s inspirational leadership can aid Ireland in returning to prominence on the international rugby stage.

He praised Sexton’s influence on the team, his conduct as a leader and player, and his unwavering love for playing for Ireland, which he believes will leave a lasting legacy and continue to motivate younger players to strive for greatness.

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