Monday 15 July 2019

‘I can’t even hear myself talk’ – Jamie Heaslip praises vocal Irish fans after French victory

Jamie Heaslip celebrates on the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium
Jamie Heaslip celebrates on the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium

Declan Whooley

Jamie Heaslip has paid tribute to the incredible Irish support in the Millennium Stadium as Ireland saw off France to top Pool D and set-up a quarter-final date with Argentina.

Thousands of Irish fans descended on Cardiff and the atmosphere at times during the encounter was deafening as the supporters became the 16th man.

Post-match Heaslip acknowledged the role of the travelling fans.

“I can’t even hear myself talk,” he admitted in the Millennium Stadium cauldron.

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“It’s right up there with one of the best squad performances with some great players who went off.

Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates at the end of the match
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Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates at the end of the match Reuters / Rebecca Naden Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates scoring their second try Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner celebrate at the end of the match Reuters / Rebecca Naden Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner celebrate at the end of the match Reuters / Rebecca Naden Livepic
**alternative crop** France's Morgan Parra (right) is tackled by Ireland's Jack McGrath and is judged to make a high tackle during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ireland's Rory Best (right) in action during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
France players form a group huddle during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Ian Madigan celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
France's Yoann Maestri and Ireland's Devin Toner compete for a line out during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ireland supporters show their support in the stands during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 France's Louis Picamoles looks dejected after the game Reuters / Toby Melville Livepic
Ireland supporters show their support in the stands during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 France's Thierry Dusautoir looks dejected after the game Reuters / Toby Melville Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 France's Thierry Dusautoir looks dejected after the game Reuters / Toby Melville Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Tommy Bowe celebrate at the end of the match Reuters / Rebecca Naden Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 France applaud fans after the game Reuters / Toby Melville Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates scoring their second try Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Ian Madigan and Devin Toner celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic
Rugby Union - France v Ireland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 11/10/15 Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner celebrate at the end of the match Reuters / Rebecca Naden Livepic
Ireland's scrum half Conor Murray is congratulated by team-mates after scoring their second try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
Ireland's lock Iain Henderson celebrates with team-mates after winning the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
Rob Kearney scores the first try for Ireland
11 October 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters before the start of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Paul O'Connell receives treatment after sustaining an injury

“Lads stepped up to the mark. We went the full 80, we knew it was going to be a physical game, we made that commitment to each other.

“We’re just delighted with the win.”

“The team, the squad, the 31 players that are here. This kind of crowd, I don’t know how many Irish people are here, but it seems like a full house.

“We want to play for everyone here, our family and friends and everyone back at home.”

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