Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Rugby World Cup: Ireland here to go all the way, says Jennings

Shane Jennings

Shane Jennings has told his Ireland team-mates to forget about the big win over Australia and concentrate on trying to win the World Cup.

A quarter-final against Wales beckons the men in green should they see off Russia and Italy in the next Group C games.

And Jennings insists it is time to put the euphoria of Saturday’s epic triumph at Eden Park in the rear-view mirror.

“It's a pool game and that's all it was,” said the Leinster openside.

“We want to win pool games and quarter-finals, but people have to understand that we're in this to win trophies.

“That's the beauty of this squad, there are a lot of players who have been successful at provincial and international level.

“Most people saw it as an upset against Australia, but in the squad we know when we're playing well or going all right.”

He added: “We weren't a million miles from getting things right in previous games.

“The senior players did a lot of talking during the build-up and they backed that up by playing well.

“Because of the quality of player in the squad, we're always capable of producing results like that.

“But it's gone now and people have to get over that, because there's no point getting two wins and then falling over your next two opponents.”

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