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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Watch: Ireland's heroes touch down in Dublin - less than 48 hours after victory over All Blacks

Ryan Nugent

Published 07/11/2016 | 07:29

Robbie Henshaw and the team arrive back to Dublin Airport
Robbie Henshaw and the team arrive back to Dublin Airport
Conor Murray and Joe Schmidt arrive back to Dublin Airport
Jack Mc Grath and Rob Kearney arrive back to Dublin Airport
Robbie Henshaw arrives back to Dublin Airport
Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray arrive back to Dublin Airport
Rory Best arrives back to Dublin Airport
Cian Healy and Johnny Sexton arrive back to Dublin Airport

Ireland's heroes touched down in Dublin this morning - less than 48 hours after shocking the world with a first ever victory over the All Blacks.

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Joe Schmidt's trojans clinched an emphatic win over New Zealand in Chicago on Saturday night, ending 111 years of close calls and also putting a stop to a New Zealand winning streak of 18 consecutive wins.

Among the stars arriving at Dublin Airport this morning, were try scorers Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw.

It seems the heroics of the Chicago Cubs breaking a duck of 108 years without a baseball world series may have been the catalyst for Irish rugby on Sunday.

And some of the players acknowledged that - wearing Cubs caps as they boarded a bus bound for Carton House, where they'll be staying in preparation for games with Canada, New Zealand again and Australia in the coming weeks.

Despite the Men in Green arriving in Dublin in the early hours of the morning - they touched down at 5.45am -  one avid fan made it to the airport, all the way from Roscommon to meet her heroes.

Rebecca Compton (17) got the bus by herself at half one this morning and arrived at the airport at 4am.

"I didn't know whether they were going to be here at half 5 or quarter to 10 but I was going to be here either way," she said.

"I didn't get to go to Chicago so I wanted to show my support for the team.

"The fact that I was able to be right in front of them was amazing," she added.

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