Wednesday 18 January 2017

'There is definitely one man smiling down from upstairs at this crew' - Simon Zebo shares poignant image after All Blacks win

Harry Clarke

Published 06/11/2016 | 14:38

Simon Zebo of Ireland celebrates after the International rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Simon Zebo of Ireland celebrates after the International rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

From the moment the mighty All Blacks took their positions to perform the Haka, there was a sense that something special was in the air.

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The Irish players took their own positions and formed a thoughtful and poignant figure of eight to remember the late Anthony Foley before standing their ground and staring down the All Blacks.

It was quite right that the Munster contingent stood on the front line, something Anthony Foley would no doubt have have approved off himself.

"A lot has been made of the really sad news that Munster got a few weeks ago and this was the national team’s first time together since his passing so we felt that it was the right thing to do and then to put the Munster body to the front that,£ said Ireland captain Rory Best after the match.

Ireland's Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo, Conor Murray and CJ Stander celebrate winning
Ireland's Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo, Conor Murray and CJ Stander celebrate winning

The Irish stood their ground on the pitch too to register a historic 40-29 victory and end a 111-year famine against New Zealand.

Munster man Simon Zebo, who was among the try scorers, captured the post-match mood perfectly with a poignant picture alongside fellow Munster men Billy Holland, Donnchadh Ryan, Conor Murray and CJ Stander.

"There is definitely one man smiling down from upstairs at this crew..#no.8 #history," said Zebo.

Zebo was joined by a host of other Irish players to share their joy on social media.






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