It is probably the best sporting season of the century so far. After The Chicago Cubs sailed past their 108-year old Billy Goat curse in the World Series and small fry Leicester City winning the EPL, it was now the time for Irish rugby team to enter the history books, sealing a convincing victory over All Blacks in the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship. The Magnificent Greens ended the All Blacks’ 18-match winning spree in an improbable manner at the Soldier Field, also home of the NFL team Chicago Bears.
Amidst all that celebration by Irish rugby team at the Soldier Field, there came a tweet from an unexpected fan. US Vice President Joe Biden, who happens to be Rob Kearney’s distant cousin!
“Congrats to cousin @KearneyRob on behalf of the Bidens. @IrishRugby’s 1st win over New Zealand in 111 years. History made again in Chicago.”
After playing 29 tests in 111 years, the Magnificent Greens finally made the Nelson a reason to celebrate as they beat All Blacks 40-29, after once leading 30-8 at the start of second half.
Speaking to The Guardian, Irish rugby team’s full-back Rob Kearney felt that it was the “proudest day to be Irish.” The magical spell of the Windy City certainly seems to have caught the Irish rugby players, as they witnessed an underdog story unfolding for Chicago Cubs midweek.
Wanting to make a significant impact on the sport, Simon Zebo, Anthony Foley and Joe Schmidt formed a formidable trio against the All Blacks. Leaping fearlessly in air to catch a pass from Conor Murray via box kick, Zebo produced one of the most picturesque moments of the game. While it did not lead to a point, the Irish rugby team’s domination over the All Blacks was clear. And Biden was enjoying it the most.
Meanwhile, according to The Telegraph, the loss has put New Zealand into a state of national mourning. No wonders, the defeat came as a shock on a weekend that most fans would have liked to see the All Blacks extend their undefeated run to 19 games.
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