Wednesday 17 October 2018

Homecoming for Ireland's Grand Slam heroes cancelled due to adverse weather

Rob Kearney celebrates with the Six Nations trophy after Ireland’s 24-15 victory over England at Twickenham yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Rob Kearney celebrates with the Six Nations trophy after Ireland’s 24-15 victory over England at Twickenham yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

The Ireland team homecoming planned for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled due to heavy snowfall.

Free tickets for the event were made available following Ireland's win at Twickenham on Saturday for a presentation with the squad for the public at 4:30pm at the Aviva Stadium.

"We regret to advise that the Grand Slam Homecoming celebrations has been cancelled due to adverse weather," Irish Rugby said in a statement.

"Irish Rugby would thank supporters for their continued support throughout this campaign."

By comparison, yesterday's slugfest was short on drama. England's Eddie Jones reckoned it was a "tight old game" and he was right. But it was one Ireland never looked like losing. So in the space of 12 months they knocked England off course from their Grand Slam bid and then beat the same opposition to secure one for themselves.

"Look at the fine margins," captain Rory Best said afterwards. "After 75 minutes we looked dead and buried in Paris, having controlled the game. Those are the little moments. It's probably reflective of the fact that we know the effort that has gone in and how special that kick by Johnny (Sexton) was, we try to ensure that those special moments don't go unrewarded. And the reward was this afternoon with this win."

For Best, along with Rob Kearney the only survivor from the 2009 Grand Slam - Kearney, uniquely, started all 10 games - said this triumph means more to him.

"For me personally, it's a bit more special, not just starting every game but captaining the side," said Best.

"And for me, it's the biggest highlight of my career, and to do it with this bunch of players and management and staff, we're really tight-knit. I know people always say that but it really is a tight-knit, special bunch."

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