Brilliant footage of Johnny Sexton singing with the Irish fans following Springboks win
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Ireland put their doubters to rest (for now) with a monumental victory over reigning world champions South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday night, in front of a packed crowd.
The victory ensured they remained undefeated at this year’s Rugby World Cup, and it sets them up nicely for their final pool match against Scotland in a fortnight, with a likely quarter-final against the All Blacks in their sights.
The Irish fans in the stadium played a huge role on the night, with the Fields of Athenry giving Ireland a huge lift just after the hour mark to get them over the line, but it didn’t stop there.
Once the final whistle was blown, Zombie, by the Cranberries, rang out at the Stade de France with the tens of thousands of Irish fans in attendance erupting for the chorus, in a truly special moment.
Captain Johnny Sexton was even spotted joining in with the Irish fans at the final whistle.
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) September 24, 2023
Meanwhile, Ireland winger James Lowe was asked about the atmosphere in the stadium after the game and he couldn’t praise the fans highly enough.
“It was crazy,” Lowe said.
“When you walk around after the game, and from row one to row 80 – it’s packed. I know that there were a lot of South African fans there but when any Irish anthem came on that place lit up.
“You heard Zombie at the end there… it was amazing and hopefully we can carry that on throughout the tournament.”
Up next for Ireland is a down week before taking on Scotland in their final pool match on October 7.