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8 things to get you pumped up for Wales v Ireland

Paul O’Connell and others have some words of inspiration for Declan Kidney’s men ahead of today’s game.

1. Press-ups, intensive exercise etc

Rosser knows best…


2. This Al Pacino speech

Unfortunately, a video of Jonny Sexton’s 2011 Heineken Cup final speech is unavailable, so this will have to do.

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3. That Paul O’Connell speech

Or if the above effort is a bit too Hollywood for your tastes, this famous Paul O’Connell ‘fear of God’ speech should do the trick.

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4. Replaying clips of Ryle Nugent saying ‘Tommy Bowe’ over and over

If you will it, it will happen.

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5. The Rocky theme tune

Given their recent record with Wales and the fact that they’re playing away from home, Ireland are undoubtedly slight underdogs for today’s game. So what more apt tune to play than this one?

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6. Chest bumping

There’s no better way to express solidarity with a colleague than the classic chest bump. Just be careful you don’t end up like the people in the videos below.

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7. Watching videotapes of the opposition

Just like the players, prior to the game, the fans must do their homework and get to know the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses.

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8. Irish music

Nothing like a bit of a Luke Kelly/’Shipping into Boston’ segueway.

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