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Former England Players' Comments After Grand Slam Win Will Anger Irish Fans Throughout The Country

By Darragh Berry

March 20, 2018 at 2:34pm


Former England Rugby player Jeremy Guscott has said that Ireland don't have any world class players despite winning the Grand Slam after a victory against his home country in Twickenham. 

His comments came two days after Ireland completed the clean sweep with a 24-15 win over the English on St. Patrick's Day.

Ireland's dominance in the tournament was reflected in their strong display in the Six Nations' team of the tournament where 11 of Joe Schmidt's team make the tournament's 15.

However, in his BBC column, Guscott said that Ireland have absolutely no world class players.

"Ireland, arguably, do not have any world class players in their Grand Slam-winning squad.

"You could argue there are better scrum-halves and fly-halves than Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton who would get into a world XV. Tadhg Furlong is one you would argue less about. But what they do have are 23 players playing very well."

He did have some praise, however, for our country's new boys who he believes hold the key to seeing this Irish side going from strength to strength. 

"The brains of Ireland's team from their back-to-back titles are still there this season, but they've brought in additions like Jacob Stockdale, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose.

"They've also played with huge accuracy - in the past two seasons, their penalty and error count has gone down and at the moment, England are failing on those counts."

We agree with that statement for sure but saying that we have no world class players? That, you can find better than Murray and Sexton? 

Spare us, please.

Main image via Ireland Rugby Twitter

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