Watch: New Zealand Confuses Jack McGrath With Rory Best In Hilariously Awkward Exchange
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Well this is awkward.
At the Irish team announcement press conference yesterday, Joe Schmidt and Jack McGrath fielded questions from the Irish and New Zealand media in Chicago.
It seems that the media was expecting captain Rory Best to be answering the questions rather than loosehead Jack McGrath and evidently didn’t do their research as to what either player looks like.
The Leinster player in fairness to him, handled the situation pretty well.
(Quotes via The42.ie)
New Zealand journalist: Rory, your opposite Dane Coles spoke earlier in the week and was very complimentary of the way you play. He said you had an outrageous work-rate and were one of the best hookers in the world. How do you see him?”
Jack McGrath: Emm, I’ll tell Rory that when I see him. I’m Jack McGrath, by the way. I’ll be going against Owen Franks at the weekend. He is a massively experienced operator, as are all the front row. It’s going to be a hugely physical battle and I think it’s going to be won and lost at scrum-time.
Again, we’ve worked really hard on video to see where their strengths are and where to counteract that. We’re a strong scrum so we’re going to have to maybe have a go at it.
A second journalist decided to poke fun at the whole situation.
Second New Zealand journalist: Jack, on a scale of one to 10, how offensive is it being confused with Rory Best?
Jack McGrath: Well he wears a scrum-cap sometimes. I’ve been called worse, let’s just say that. It’s not too bad; I don’t mind that. The calibre of the man, it’s not too bad to be compared to him.
Watch the video below.