Sunday 18 August 2019

Shane Lowry success can inspire Ireland in Japan, says Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Brian O'Driscoll. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Brian O'Driscoll believes Shane Lowry's heroics at The Open can inspire Ireland's Rugby World Cup hopefuls in Japan.

The legendary former Ireland centre spent three days in Portrush last weekend and was delighted to see the Offalyman secure his first Major win in style.

O'Driscoll now reckons the rugby squad can channel the sight of Irish success on the global stage into their own performances in Japan later this year.

"You'd look at it and go 'that's brilliant'. We completely bat above our average, to use cricketing parlance since we seem to be doing that at the moment!" he said, on the back of the cricketers' strong start to yesterday's Test at Lord's.

"It's a real lesson for everyone, so to hear someone like Shane say 'I can't believe I've managed to do this', he's climbed his Everest and yet he wasn't sure that he could.

"What message does that send to anybody that maybe doesn't fully believe in themselves or in how far they can achieve, how far they can go? That's a serious shot in the arm to everybody, every team irrespective of your sport."

Ireland have never reached a World Cup semi-final, but the former captain says the current side won't be content with just breaking the last-eight glass ceiling.

"I wasn't lying when I said the team would not take a semi-final if you offered it to them," he said.

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"They feel they are capable of winning it. They want to win the World Cup and feel they are capable of winning it.

"So, they are happy to roll the dice on that and they're not going to take something that maybe the country will see as acceptable.

"That's not in their psyche. They genuinely feel that they can go - and not just go one step further - they want to go two steps further and win it."

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