High fives and Guinness as Japan celebrates latest rugby shock

Delight as host nation’s win over Ireland lights up the World CupIn the end, as ecstatic Japanese rugby fans celebrated their team’s first victory over Ireland on Saturday, it was left to a retired warrior from the losing side to offer a sense...

High fives and Guinness as Japan celebrates latest rugby shock

Delight as host nation’s win over Ireland lights up the World Cup

In the end, as ecstatic Japanese rugby fans celebrated their team’s first victory over Ireland on Saturday, it was left to a retired warrior from the losing side to offer a sense of perspective.

“This tournament needed a second-tier nation to beat a first-tier nation and this was no fluke,” said the former Irish wing Shane Horgan. “They thoroughly deserved it, out-played Ireland – all of a sudden, this tournament becomes very, very tricky for Ireland.”

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