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.
“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.”