Andy Farrell Makes A Very Valid Point Following Ireland’s Shock Defeat To Japan

It’s not over yet.

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell says their World Cup is far from over following last weekend’s shock defeat to Japan as the men in green look ahead to Russia on Thursday in their penultimate pool match.

Farrell will take the reigns from outgoing head coach Joe Schmidt after the World Cup and he feels the men in green can use the defeat to Japan to propel themselves, citing campaigns from England, France and South Africa in the last three World Cups.

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England were hammered 36-0 by South Africa at the pool stages in 2007 before reaching the final, France lost to Tonga in 2011 before being stopped at the final hurdle by New Zealand, while the Springboks bounced back from their defeat to Japan at the last World Cup by finishing third.

“I think you can use a setback in the right manner,” Farrell said

“I think you can look at the last three World Cups, South Africa lost to Japan and lost the semi-final 20-18, you look at 2011 France looked in disarray and there’s a debate about whether they should have won the final.

“In 2007, I was part of the England squad that got a thrashing against South Africa. There was a bit of turmoil in that camp and they managed to get to the final. There was a debatable try that was disallowed. You can use these to your advantage, they’re not ideal but if you use them to your advantage they can be powerful.

“After a couple of days of understanding the reasons why, we’re in good spirits, back on track and ready to prove a point.”

While Farrell thinks Ireland’s defeat to Japan simply “wasn’t good enough” – they’ve had their meetings, looked over their mistakes and are ready to put things right against Russia tomorrow.

“We lost, so it wasn’t good enough. There’s a lot of disappointment within the camp, we’ve had a good few meetings since then, and the feeling in the camp is one of excitement and wanting to put things right on the pitch on Thursday night. That can’t come quick enough.” Farrell added

The only thing we will say is no team has ever won the World Cup having lost a pool match so there’s that too. But history is there to be written.