Sunday 17 November 2019

The Left Wing - RWC Daily: End of an era as Ireland say sayonara to World Cup

New Zealand players applaud Rory Best of Ireland and his team-mates after the 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final match between New Zealand and Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
New Zealand players applaud Rory Best of Ireland and his team-mates after the 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final match between New Zealand and Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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The Joe Schmidt era is over and it has ended in a crushing defeat to New Zealand that sees them march on to the World Cup semi-final and Ireland in the familiar position of searching for answers.

Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O’Connor pick through the rubble of an abject performance from an Irish team that made errors, gave away penalties and played into the hands of the best team in the world when it mattered most.

They discuss the coach’s post-match comments, assess the impact of this loss on Schmidt’s legacy and also praise the All Blacks who delivered a sensational performance that ends Ireland’s journey in Japan.

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