Irish Rugby Tweets Poignant Message On St. Patrick’s Day Following Painful Wales Defeat

Not just today.

It’s been a tough few weeks for Irish Rugby to say the least. Yesterday’s defeat to Wales saw them finish 3rd in the Six Nations, despite heading into the Championship as overwhelming favourites.

They were defending Grand Slam champions, had recently beaten the All Blacks in a dominating display at the Aviva – and were sitting pretty at 2nd in the World Rugby Rankings.

But a shock defeat at home to England in the opening round of the Six Nations sent shockwaves around the country – and they haven’t been right since. Three below par performances against Scotland, Italy and France followed before yesterday’s shambles against Wales.

But you don’t become a bad team overnight and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has asked fans not to “give up” on this team just yet.

“The one thing I would say is don’t give up on this team.” Schmidts said after yesterday’s game.

“They’re a hard-working and skilful bunch who will take this on the chin. They’ll be gracious in defeat because Wales did a super job.”

This time last year Ireland were celebrating winning a Grand Slam on St. Patrick’s Day in Twickenham against old rivals England. Today they are licking their wounds after an horrific few weeks.

But Ireland will be back. And they will need their fanbase now more than ever. Pride in victory – and defeat. Not just today, but everyday.