Ireland Riding High on ‘Massive Belief’ After Dominant Win Over France – Tadhg Beirne


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Tadhg Beirne, the stalwart of Ireland’s forward pack, has emphasized the team’s “massive belief” following their resounding victory over France in the opening fixture of the Guinness Six Nations. Andy Farrell’s side produced a scintillating display to secure a 38-17 bonus-point win, setting the tone for their title defense campaign and instilling confidence within the squad.


Beirne, who played a pivotal role in Ireland’s triumph with a stellar performance in the forward line, reflected on the team’s remarkable display against a formidable French side.

“It’s a special feeling to come away with such a convincing win against France,” Beirne remarked. “To secure a victory of this magnitude against a quality opposition like France speaks volumes about the belief and unity within our squad.”

Despite the early red card for French lock Paul Willemse altering the course of the match, Beirne emphasized Ireland’s preparedness and determination to impose their style of play on their opponents.

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“We knew it was going to be a tough encounter, but we backed ourselves and executed our game plan to perfection,” Beirne explained. “The belief within this group is palpable, and it’s what drives us to perform at our best on the field.”


Reflecting on the contributions of his teammates, Beirne lauded the collective effort that propelled Ireland to victory. The tries from Jamison Gibson-Park, Calvin Nash, Dan Sheehan, and Ronan Kelleher showcased the team’s attacking prowess and clinical finishing.

“We have a group of players who thrive under pressure and relish the opportunity to represent Ireland on the international stage,” Beirne added. “It was a fantastic team effort, and everyone played their part in securing the win.”

The performance of young lock Joe McCarthy, affectionately known as ‘Big Joe’, earned him the Man of the Match accolade, highlighting the depth of talent within the Irish squad.

“Joe’s impact was immense, and he demonstrated why he belongs at this level,” Beirne praised. “His physicality and athleticism were instrumental in our victory, and I have no doubt that he will continue to excel in the Six Nations and beyond.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming fixtures, including a clash against Italy in the second round, Beirne emphasized the importance of maintaining momentum and building upon their strong start to the campaign.

“Momentum is key in the Six Nations, and we must continue to build on our performances,” Beirne stated. “We have a tough road ahead, but with the belief and determination we possess, I am confident that we can achieve our goals.”

As Ireland celebrates their commanding win over France, the team remains focused and united in their pursuit of further success in the Six Nations tournament. With ‘massive belief’ coursing through their veins, Ireland is poised to leave an indelible mark on the championship.


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