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Rugby World Cup: Ireland faked injuries to beat us, says ex-Australia star

By Cormac Byrne

Published 23/09/2011

Tim Horan helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999
Tim Horan helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Stephen Ferris of Ireland celebrates 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)
Ireland's Paul O'Connell celebrates after the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
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: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is high tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: James O'Connor (R) of the Wallabies walks off dejected with Anthony Fainga'a 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: James O'Connor (C) of the Wallabies walks off dejected with team mates 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: James Horwill (L) and Sekope Kepu of the Wallabies look dejected 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: 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: Radike Samo (R) and Rob Simmons of the Wallabies look dejected 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: Paul O'Connell of Ireland wins the line out ball 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: James Horwill of the Wallabies drops the ball under pressure from Paul O'Connell of Ireland 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: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland celebrates 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: Mike Ross of Ireland charges forward 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Mike Ross of Ireland charges forward 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Rocky Elsom of the Wallabies walks off dejected 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: The rain comes down over the corner flag 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is high tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Quade Cooper of the Wallabies looks on 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: The rain comes down over the corner flag 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates after the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
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: Tom Court of Ireland and Jamie Heaslip of Ireland celebrate 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies looks dejected 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: Quade Cooper of the Wallabies drops the high ball 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 Ryan Pierse/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
Australia's Kurtley Beale squares up to Ireland's Conor Murray (left) during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton celebrates after 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: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies takes a high ball 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: The Wallabies walk off the field dejected 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Paul O'Connell of Ireland (C) is congratulated after winning a penalty 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 Hannah Johnston/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)
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: Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland (L) encourages his team 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Sekope Kepu of the Wallabies walks off dejected 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: Donncha O'Callaghan of Ireland ins the line out ball 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: The Wallabies walk off the field dejected 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: Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Wallabies is charges forward 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Wallabies is charges forward 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates after the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Paul O'Connell, Tom Court and Stephen Ferris of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Radike Samo and Saia Fainga'a of the Wallabies look on dejected adter 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Will Genia of the Wallabies charges forward with the ball 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Tom Court (C) of Ireland celebrates victory with team mates 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: The Wallabies walk off the field dejected 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Will Genia and Quade Cooper of the Wallabies look on dejected adter 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: James Horwill, captain of the Wallabies talks to his team as Rocky Elsom looks on 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: Will Genia (L) of the Wallabies looks dejected with Radike Samo 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: Brian O'Driscoll (L) and Keith Earls (R) of Ireland tackle Quade Cooper of the Wallabies 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Anthony Fainga'a of the Wallabies looks dejected 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: James Horwill of the Wallabies looks on 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: James Horwill, captain of the Wallabies looks dejected 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: Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Wallabies charges forward past Jonathan Sexton of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ronan O'Gara of Ireland converts a penalty 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Wallabies is tackled by Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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: Dan Vickerman and Radike Samo of the Wallabies look dejected 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks a penalty 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: James Horwill of the Wallabies (R) looks dejected 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Eoin Reddan of Ireland passes the ball 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: James Horwill, captain of the Wallabies jumps for a lineout ball with Donncha O'Callaghan of Ireland 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: (L-R) Dan Vickerman, Sekope Kepu and Rocky Elsom of the Wallabies look dejected 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: Paul O'Connell of Ireland tries to reach for the ball from Radike Samo of the Wallabies 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is high tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Quade Cooper of the Wallabies jumps for a high ball 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: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is high tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland and Australian Wallabies fans look on 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: 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)
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: 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: 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)
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: Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Ireland 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled by Donncha O'Callaghan (L) and Paul O'Connell of Ireland 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: Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland gives intructions 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Rocky Elsom of the Wallabies wins the lineout ball 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: Pat McCabe of the Wallabies is tackled by Keith Earls of Ireland 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)
An Ireland fan in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies tackles Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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: Ben McCalman and Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies tackle Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland drives on past Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies 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: Quade Cooper of the Wallabies charges forward 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Paul O'Connell of Ireland tries to reach for the ball from Radike Samo of the Wallabies 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Pat McCabe of the Wallabies is tackled by Sean O'Brien of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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: Ben McCalman and Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies tackle Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ben Alexander of the Wallabies is high tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan looks on 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: Keith Earls of Ireland is tackled by Pat McCabe of the Wallabies 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: Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled by Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell and Mike Ross of Ireland and 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Tommy Bowe of Ireland is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Wallabies 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: Radike Samo of the Wallabies is tackled by Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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 Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Sean O'Brien of Ireland grabs the ball ahead of Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Sean O'Brien of Ireland and Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies scramble for the ball 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 Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies tackles Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland 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)

Ireland have been blasted for supposedly faking injuries in Saturday’s World Cup victory over Australia.

The astonishing accusation comes from Wallabies’ great Tim Horan who made his controversial comments in a newspaper column.

Double World Cup winner Horan slammed Declan Kidney’s men for slowing the game and frustrating Australia by faking injuries at every breakdown in play.

Horan said he was convinced of Ireland’s ploy after speaking to a source in Kidney’s camp.

“If James Horwill was more experienced as a captain, he would have blown up about it to referee Bryce Lawrence and really created a scene — there is no way Richie McCaw would have stayed silent if a team used the same tactics against the All Blacks,” Horan wrote.

“Australia’s future opponents will have taken notice of the strategy. Ireland had a game plan for Australia and it worked a treat: to slow the game down just for stoppages, target them in the scrum, and put the high ball up at every opportunity.

“They also used the ‘choker tackle’ taught by their defensive coach Les Kiss. They identified that the Australian midfield ran quite upright and successfully held them up to get turnovers.”

Horan said the biggest regret was that referee Bryce Lawrence had “destroyed the spectacle of the game”.

“Ireland deserved to win and always would have won, but the way Lawrence handled the match means he should not get another game at the World Cup,” Horan wrote.

“It is about the spectacle, not just for the rugby diehards but general sports fans who want to enjoy this tournament.”

Horan was critical of the Aussies, saying they “ran when they should have kicked, and kicked when they should have run”.

“But the Wallabies also have to realise that one in every 15 Test matches you play, you’re going to have to win by playing a boring, unattractive brand of rugby, simply because of the conditions,” he wrote.

“You’re going to win 9-6 or 12-6, playing in the wet, in an ordinary Test, but it doesn’t matter how unattractive it is — you do whatever it takes to winTrying to play to one game plan all the time will not work when, like last Saturday, there was torrential rain beforehand and the ball was slippery.”

Meanwhile, Tony Buckley insists a run of games would help solve one of the great enigmas of Irish rugby.

Buckley has often hinted at devastating potential — most notably against the All Blacks in New Zealand last year — but has too often failed to deliver.

Flashes of explosive ball carrying and destructive defence — as demonstrated by his crunching tackle on Richie McCaw — are at odds with a perceived lack of aggression.

By his own admission the 30-year-old has struggled for consistency and patience among Ireland's management for one of Test rugby's more laid back front rows is surely running out.

An opportunity to shine will come in Sunday's World Cup Pool C clash with Russia and Buckley insists he requires ownership of the jersey to prove himself.

“I have been all over the place. Last November against South Africa I played brutal and got injured,” he said. “Two weeks later against Argentina I was back and we did well, driving them off the ball. There were a few good things that happened.

“Two weeks after that I played the Ospreys and that was a nightmare, personally.

“It's been improving over the last few months. I just need a run of games and staying injury free. Trying to get games at tighthead is what I want.

“Last year up to the Toulon game at Thomond Park I was feeling really good, scoring two tries. I was looking forward to boxing on from there, but then my momentum was killed after that. Getting that place and staying there is crucial.

“If I can string five games together, then we'll see what happens.”

Buckley's prospects of usurping the brilliant Mike Ross at tighthead are remote at best with the Leinster prop almost single handedly turning the scrum into an offensive weapon.

If he must continue in the support role, then Buckley will accept his duties with stoicism.

“The back role is something I'm used to. I was back-up to John Hayes at Munster for years,” he said.

“I got a few games for Ireland but have started slipping back into that role.

“Mike has had some great matches over the last few months, so I'm stuck as fringe squad player. If I get a run of games then hopefully I'll be able to put some pressure on Mike Ross.”

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