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Rugby World's Ecstatic Reaction To Japan Shocking Ireland

Rugby World's Ecstatic Reaction To Japan Shocking Ireland

Japan 19-12 Ireland. What the hell just happened? The bookies had the handicap of this match around 21. Johnny Sexton was wrapped in cotton wool. Ireland v South Africa previews were being proofread. And now, well, who knows?

A knackered Ireland seemed to die in the humidity as bad as Ireland vs Holland in Orlando in '94. Japan were relentless, unflagging, indomitable. While the result leaves Ireland in all kinds of limbo, let's take a moment to appreciate what it means for rugby in Japan and this tournament.

The rugby world used social media to give Japan a standing ovation after the match:. David Campese was especially interesting, saying 'structured rugby doesn't work' while delivering salvos at Kiwi=coached rugby.

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Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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