Sunday 22 September 2019

'Ordinary men who are an extraordinary team' - Joe Schmidt uses Christy Moore classic to hail his heroes

Ireland's hooker Rory Best (C) holds the Six Nations trophy
Ireland's hooker Rory Best (C) holds the Six Nations trophy

David Smith

Joe Schmidt says his players are "ordinary men who are an extraordinary team".

The Ireland Head Coach was full of praise for his players after his team sealed Ireland's third ever Grand Slam with a 24-15 win over England at Twickenham.

"I thought we showed a fantastic mix of class, and we opened them up a few times with some really clever stuff, that they executed so well," he reflected after the match.

"We had to withstand some immense English pressure - a desperate team looking to get the result. I don't know what the tackle stats were, but we had to work incredibly hard."

The New Zealand native revealed that Christy Moore visited the Ireland squad on Monday, and performed 'Ordinary Man'.

"We had Christy Moore in on Monday, and he was fantastic," Schmidt revealed.

"He sang 'Ordinary Man' at one stage, and they (the players) are ordinary men who are an extraordinary team, who've delivered exceptional deeds."

Schmidt was full of praise for Ireland's young players, and said that today's Grand Slam is a fantastic moment for the squad's senior players.

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When asked about Johnny Sexton's stunning drop-kick against France on the opening day, Schmidt joked that Sexton just wanted to do it differently than Ronan O'Gara in 2009.

"He just didn't want to do it the same way as ROG," he said.

"They are very much the 'yin and yang', both absolute class people, and kickers, and players.

"ROG wanted to finish with one, Johnny thought he'd start with one.

"They both got what they wanted."

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