Isa Nacewa Has A Message For Irish Rugby Fans: Trust In Joe

Isa Nacewa Has A Message For Irish Rugby Fans: Trust In Joe

There is more than a hint of apprehension amongst Irish rugby fans after the last two performances from the Irish rugby team brought two losses.

Memories and mentions of World Cup 2007 have been banded about, and the huge confidence that Ireland had going into the tournament as 'second in the world' has been dampened as we've fallen down to sixth.

But Leinster hero Isa Nacewa has a message to fans - trust in Joe Schmidt.

Joe doesn't do panic.

Writing in his Irish Independent column, Nacewa reminds us that Schmidt's first four games in Leinster didn't go very well - losing three of them. But Joe's message remains the same, and that has a calming effect on players.

Nacewa has full confidence that Joe has a plan for Ireland, and that the squad is being primed to peak in time for the Italy or French game.

Joe will have the Ireland group preparing to peak at a certain time of the World Cup, whether that's the French game, whether that's the Italy game.


The warm-ups aren't times that Schmidt would be willing to give a lot of his secret plans, or game plans out. It was always just to give players things to work on, to test out combinations, and getting players back up to match fitness.

I think the England game was purely about giving the combinations a run-out, and working on key areas of the game.

So Joe won't be worried, the players won't be worried and the public shouldn't be worried.

The players definitely won't be worried, because they have full confidence in Joe. They know it's up to them to get the little things right.

The message remains clear - do not panic, no one with the squad is going to panic. Ireland's World Cup fortunes have never been in the hands of someone like Joe Schmidt - a cool calculating coach who does not panic.

Joe doesn't let anything go to chance.

[Irish Independent]

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