Ireland vs. New Zealand: ‘High stakes for familiar foes in an intriguing quarter-final’

Ireland vs. New Zealand in the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals
Stade de France in Paris Saturday, October 14th Start time: 20:00 BST
Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 Live; live text commentary and reports are available on the BBC Sport website.
Caelan Doris spoke from the heart for a few moments at the end of Ireland’s final media engagement before Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

Doris and Dan Sheehan were asked what it meant to them and their families to be ready for the most important game of their lives.

Doris seemed to understand the magnitude of what this Ireland squad might do as Sheehan spoke of his satisfaction in delivering joy to the Irish people back home.

“I think in these big weeks, you draw on some of the emotion and pride,” said Ireland’s ironman Doris, who has played in every game this year.

“Talking to a few friends back home in Mayo and seeing how much support they and the rest of the country have given us.”

“You can feel it over here, you can definitely sense it.” That motivates us to keep inspiring them and making them proud, especially knowing how many of them are coming over.

“You can almost get too emotional at times, but you bring yourself back into process-focused, detail-focused thinking about how we’re going to get to the next step.” In these crucial weeks, it’s a balance of both.”

Doris’ explanation provided a vivid look into Irish minds on the eve of the biggest game of their lives.

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