Wigan rugby league legend Andy Farrell inspires Ireland's win over All Blacks

Ireland went nuts

Ireland went nuts. Rugby Union World rocked by historic All Blacks shock

Former Ireland and Leinster hooker Shane Byrne spoke to Jamie Moore on this morning's Now That's What I Call Sport. Even more impressive than Saturday night's historic first home win over New Zealand in 113 years was the manner of it: tactically brilliant, precision engineered and physically relentless.

It's the first time Ireland have beaten the All Blacks in Ireland and just the second time they have beaten them ever following their win in Chicago two years ago.

"I took my dad down to the match and the two of us were sitting in the VIP seats with all the players' families around us so there was just incredible high fives, hugging, cheering - just such an outbreak of emotion".

"They defended really well, we actually couldn't really break them down tonight so we'll learn from that".

"I thought the crowd were phenomenal tonight".

It’s a grand day to be Irish
It’s a grand day to be Irish

His final comment of the conference had most of the room laughing and it referred to the Jacob Stockdale try that sealed victory.

We never knew Devin Toner had it so good: the rest of the world looks pretty great from all the way up here. Against the Wallabies, New Zealand shaped to go right off a scrum but reversed and bolted up the left wing through Rieko Iaone before he offloaded to Barret for the try. Those are the kind of situations you want to be in 24/7.' Stockdale then chipped Brodie Retallick - a move made more remarkable by the fact that moments before he had tried a similar trick and been charged down by Kieran Read, only for the Kiwi captain to knock on. This time the Ulster winger's chip was flawless, as was the bounce.

Officially the rankings say otherwise but right now Irish rugby is on top of the world.

And he was clearly not in the mood to massage any bruised egos or give a stock answer about how New Zealand are the best in the world and would be sure to bounce back with a vengeance. "I can't take too much of the credit; it was a training ground move and it paid off massively".

'For the second one saw that Ben Smith had come up on the outside to defend Rory Best and I saw the space in-behind. They work in to get in that chip line, they work hard to get across so they can get the far side of their defence up, so we felt we could go back down the short side. "For me to do that on my first attempt is very special".

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