Thursday 12 December 2019

Video: Awkward exchange between Rory Best and Joe Schmidt after Ireland's loss to France

Joe Schmidt whispered something into the ear of Rory Best
Joe Schmidt whispered something into the ear of Rory Best
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There was a hint of tension in the air during the post-game press conference involving Joe Schmidt and Ireland skipper Rory Best.

Ireland succumbed 10-9 in Paris, buckling under intense second-half scrum pressure, despite leading for the majority of the clash until Maxime Medard's late try.

Dave Kearney could miss the rest of the tournament with a shoulder injury, while head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed Sean O'Brien picked up another hamstring problem, Mike McCarthy was concussed and Johnny Sexton "knocked around".

Ireland paid the price for wasting a host of chances in the first half, with France's replacement props Rabah Slimani and Eddy Ben Arous turning the scrummaging screw when it mattered most.

When Best commented on Ireland's front row struggles in the second half, Schmidt quietly whispered something into his ear and shook his head.

It is impossible to know what was said. Was it a dressing down? See for yourself below:

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