Round-up: Debut star Gilroy has the nerve to end Ireland's losing streak
Monday 26 November 2012
Craig Gilroy was so wracked with nerves before Ireland's record 46-24 victory over Argentina on Saturday that he considered pulling out of it and driving home to Belfast. The 21-year-old Ulster winger proceeded to run in a try and help create three more in a dream Test debut.
It was a vital win that guaranteed Ireland a place among the second tier of seeds for the 2015 World Cup draw next week and ended a five-Test losing streak.
The magnitude of the occasion dawned on Gilroy as he battled to keep his pre-match anxiety in check. "This was my first cap and then there was the rankings issue on top of that, so it was a huge game for Ireland," he said. "I was extremely nervous to the point where I thought about jumping in my car and driving back to Belfast. I was more nervous than I'd ever been.
"But I'd received loads of messages from family and friends and they said 'don't put any more pressure on yourself, just be yourself and enjoy it'."
Italy's experienced winger and best place-kicker Mirco Bergamasco looks likely to miss next year's Six Nations after it was revealed yesterday that he would be out for as much as five months following knee surgery. Bergamasco fractured a kneecap in Saturday's 22-19 defeat by Australia. Prop Andrea Lo Cicero also broke ribs on Saturday and should return in 45 days.
Australia's Quade Cooper, who missed the match as he recuperates from a knee injury, is set to follow close friend and World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams into the professional boxing ring.
Cooper is listed as 92kg on his Queensland Reds profile, just over boxing's cruiserweight limit but putting him in the same heavyweight category as All Black Williams.
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: The best memes as the internet reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals the Gunners are still in the market for defensive midfielder
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Risky business to think Balotelli can replace Suarez
Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
AEL Limassol vs Tottenham match report: Erik Lamela shrugs off last season’s woes to set up Spurs fightback
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians