Rugby World Cup: Ireland continue flawless start and edge closer to quarter

Zebo did not manage to get on the score sheet but he looked at his lively best throughout with his range of skills, including his superb pass for Earls’s opening try.


“Zebo was very impressive at the weekend”.

“If there is a problem with Rob then Zebo will slot in fairly seamlessly at 15”.

One Direction star Niall Horan was spotted enjoying the game from the stadium seats.

After scoring two tries at Wembley, Keith Earls is now level with Brian O’Driscoll (seven) as Ireland’s top try scorer in the competition.

Romania managed a consolation try late on through Ovidiu Tonita but they were largely outclassed and head coach Lynn Howells is also targeting the remaining games against Canada, who they play next, and Italy for a victory.

“We haven’t seen the last of Toner either”.

“I think it’s a possibility”.

Centre Henshaw, who formed a strong midfield partnership with Jared Payne during this year’s Six Nations campaign, has been Ireland’s only injury concern, with a tight hamstring, but will be ready for Italy on October 5.

As a player, it is always extremely hard to accept your demise when you have done nothing wrong.

Surugiu said he had dreamt up the proposal when he first found out that Romania would be playing Ireland on September 27.

For Bowe, the Ulsterman, it still remains to be seen whether he will be utilised in the first XV, after losing his spot in the World Cup opener to another in-form winger, Dave Kearney.

“Their lineout is good, scrum is solid and in the contact area they are well managed”.

“The amount of green jerseys, even the guys not involved yesterday were saying they were gutted, because the atmosphere to play in Wembley in front of such a big crowd it was such a massive occasion. They defended really well, are a fantastic collective and made it a very tough afternoon for us”.

“Almost right across the squad there are a huge amount of players that can slot in or slot out and that is increasingly going to become more important”. Next week is effectively our qualification match. He has jarred himself up a little bit.


He was “happy enough” with his performance in his 64th test – bringing up 150 points in worldwide rugby – but knows a place in the starting side to face Italy on Sunday is no certainty.

Shane Horgan has backed Simon Zebo to continue his good form for Ireland