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Pubs open early... but no beer for Ireland Rugby World Cup fans

An Ireland fan in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
An Ireland fan in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Australia and Ireland fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan smiles ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan soaks up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A masked Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies and Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan sings during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: A Romania fan cheers on his team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A young France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: An England fan looks on prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Scotland fan smiles prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A dejected France fan looks on following her team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A tonga fan cheers his team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Tonga fan celebrates as dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A young Welsh fan shows her colours ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A fan enjoys the atmosphere during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Wales fans with painted faces in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Wales fans wear fancy dress in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
England fans shows their support ahead of the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: A Springbok fans shows his support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Springbok fans show their support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France and Tonga fans cheer on their teams during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: England fans dressed as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry pose during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Exeter fans show their colours during the AVIVA Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on October 1, 2011 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans celebrate their team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Centre Siale Piutau of Tonga celebrates with the fans following his team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans cheer their team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans soak up the atmosphere prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans show their colours ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Russia fans smile prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Wales fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Namibia at Stadium Taranaki on September 26, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Young Romania fans wear cut out buckets during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Georgia fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: South African fans show their support before the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans dressed as Smurfs pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Scotland fans show their support during the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
French fans before the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Argentina fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Georgia fans look on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Fiji fans soak up the atmopshere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Set your alarm clocks tomorrow morning for the big rugby game — but just don’t expect a pint.

It is not often that the traditional weekend lie-in is happily abandoned for a 6am start.

But when Ireland is playing in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup then it’s a very different matter.

Tomorrow the team will be aiming to make history by reaching the last four of the tournament for the first time when they face Wales.

But with the tournament being staged in New Zealand, the time-difference means it’s an eye-wateringly early start for fans.

But keen fans planning on celebrating a victory over the Welsh with a frothy pint in hand will be sorely disappointed.

Some pubs and bars will be throwing open their doors early for the big game, but due to licensing laws won’t be serving alcohol.

Paul Glenn, from the Botanic Inn in south Belfast, said he was hoping the early start would not keep bleary-eyed fans away.

“The last time we opened so early was probably the 2002 football World Cup,” he said.

“Because it is so early in the morning it is hard to judge how many will turn up.

“We had between 100 and 150 for the two other games against Australia and Italy, although they started a bit later.

“But it should be a good atmosphere. It’s a huge game and we expect a lot of interest.”

The Errigle Inn, also in south Belfast, will also be opening from 5.30am serving sleep-deprived customers a traditional fry-up along with tea and coffee.

Matthew Hollywood from the nearby Parador Bar said they too will be opening early.

“We are opening early from about 6am — it’ll be a fry-up with cups of tea and coffee.

“Because it’s a big match we will be expecting a crowd.”

Among those planning an early start tomorrow is Iain Campbell, from Bangor, who is hoping Ireland can succeed where they have failed at the same stage in four previous tournaments.

“The game is on a knife-edge, and obviously everyone is hoping that Ireland will edge it, but it’s going to be a tough battle,” he said.

“On our day we can beat Wales, just as we can beat England and France should we get to the semi-finals.

“We’ve got momentum, so I’m very hopeful.”

Factfile

Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final record:

1987: Lost 33-15 to Australia

1991: Lost 19-18 to Australia

1995: Lost 36-12 to France

2003: Lost 43-21 to France

* Ireland did not make the quarter-finals in 1999 and 2007

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