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Heartbreak: Dreams dashed by Dragons

The tears of Ireland hero Sean O'Brien said it all.

Our World Cup dreams were dashed in Wellington, New Zealand today when Wales completely outplayed Ireland.

As households woke from 5am to watch the big game, it was quickly evident that the Welsh had come to spoil the party.

Sean O'Brien's father Sean Snr told the Herald that the family were now looking forward to being reunited with 24-year-old Sean who returns with the squad on Monday.

"We'll have the ice-pack out for him, it looks like he got a slap!" the 'Tullow Tank's' dad said.



DEVASTATED

Ger Earls, father of Keith Earls who scored Ireland's only try, was also devastated.

"I'm sad for the lads because they put so much into it. They'll be back again I have no doubt. We're very proud of Keith," he told the Herald.

The day also spelt the end of the World Cup careers of Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara as the Dragons won 22-10, scoring three tries to one.

The scale of the loss also raised questions about the IRFU's decision to award coach Declan Kidney a new contract before the tournament.