Saturday 19 October 2019

The Left Wing - RWC Daily: Japan stun Ireland in Shizuoka

Japan players bow to their supporters after victory during the 2019 Rugby World Cup match at the Shizoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Japan players bow to their supporters after victory during the 2019 Rugby World Cup match at the Shizoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool A - Japan v Ireland - Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka, Japan - September 28, 2019 Japan players celebrate after the match REUTERS/Edgar Su
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland's World Cup hit a major speed-bump as Japan turned up the noise on an unforgettable night at the Ecopa Stadium.

Cian Tracey is joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley to reflect on a result that will cause shockwaves across the rugby world and puts Joe Schmidt's on course for a quarter-final against the All Blacks.

Did Schmidt get his selection wrong? Was the preparation off and did everyone just underestimate the tournament hosts who played so well?

With Jack Conan on the way home and Jordi Murphy set to replace him, the squad only have until Thursday to fix things as they take on Russia in their third game, needing a bonus point win to keep control of their destiny.

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