Thursday June 4, 2020

Hung, drawn and quarter-finalled once again

After the carnage of Cardiff, Ireland remain the only top-tier team never to make the semi final of a World Cup

25th October, 2015
Ireland are disconsolate after their 43-20 hammering by Argentina. Pic: Getty

When Ireland lifted a second consecutive Six Nations title last March, we were warned. When Joe Schmidt’s men ascended to second place in the world rankings last August, we were warned. When France were dispatched without our key leaders two weeks ago, we were warned. In the end, as a nation, we chose not to listen.

We were told of the dangers of letting expectations exceed reality and yet, despite the standard of...

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