Friday 15 December 2017

Green Army advance guard flies out hoping to see tries

Fans Sean Moran and Keith Giblin (INM)
Fans Sean Moran and Keith Giblin (INM)

Ireland's green army began the journey to Twickenham yesterday as hopeful fans flew out for today's Six Nations clash with England.

At Dublin Airport, supporters were feeling confident, but said things weren't going to be easy for the Irish squad.

"England manager Eddie Jones is playing mind games by talking about whether Johnny Sexton is up for the challenge," said Rob McGauley (35), who travelled up from Co Laois and was waiting for his friends to arrive.

"It's a provocation, but I think Sexton is the right man to take on England. Jones should worry about his own squad. It should be a good match."

Dubliner Sean Moran (52) said the atmosphere in the stands in London will be electric, but he believes fans are not travelling with "great expectations".

"Fans are looking forward to seeing the new faces and the shape of the future squad," said father-of-three Sean.

"I'm a big Leinster fan, so I'm really looking forward to Van der Flier playing. He's a great ball carrier.

"Ireland are always up for the fight against England and we're always hopeful of getting a result.

"It's about restoring pride and confidence. We've been very unlucky with all the injuries since the World Cup and we don't want to go three consecutive games without a win."


Keith Giblin (36), from Mountbellew, Co Galway, said: "Joe Schmidt's been criticised for being too defensive, so I'm certainly hoping to see a few tries which we've been lacking. We need more tries."

Aer Lingus and Ryanair carried some of the vanguard of the supporters, but a significant number of will follow them this morning.

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