The worst Irish team in 15 years… They didn’t look too bad yesterday.
Following Ireland’s bruising 16-16 draw with Wales Conor Murray addressed the criticism directed at the Irish team going in the game and the Six Nations as a whole.
“The feeling outside the group has been [pessimistic] like that, with players missing.
“That does filter into the camp, whether you stay from the media or whatever, because your family will read and listen to everything.
“We’re a confident group. Yes there’s a few changes and people missing, but the lads that have stepped up have been in camp and have been here before. They know what to expect of Joe and really, they’ve gone out and proved that they can play well within the system.
“A new group will always be different, and you’ll always wonder how you’ll go slightly, no matter how experienced you are.
“But I thought we did quite well there, played well, the lads who haven’t been in the team performed well. And we’ll look to build on that for next week.”
Murray believes Ireland are still in the hunt for the Six Nations title:
“Probably more happy I would say and I’m not afraid saying that… Overall I think we’re pleased that we’ve shown a little bit of what we know we can do, and we’ve proved it a little bit out there today.
“There’s always work to do and I’m sure Joe and the coaches will look at the game tonight, and look to sure up a few of those little areas that weren’t quite as tight as they should have been.”