IRELAND winger, Keith Earls has revealed how an early morning text from his father Ger inspired his Man of the Match display in their World Cup pool victory over Romania at Wembley Stadium.
Twenty seven-year-old Limerickman Earls scored two tries in Ireland’s resounding 44-10 victory played out before a record World Cup attendance of 89,276 on Sunday.
Afterwards Earls gushed: “It was unbelievable. It is gas, I got a text off my father (Ger) this morning. I woke up to it. The text said something like ‘from the fields of Moyross to Wembley Stadium, you have come a long way. That is what dreams are made of!’
“It is phenomenal. 89,200 spectators inside Wembley and 89,000 are supporting Ireland. It was incredible. They gave us a massive lift. It is what dreams are made of.”
Munster star Earls said he was gobsmacked by the level of support for Ireland at Sunday’s Pool D fixture. “I reckon an Irish side could play at the North Pole and we would have huge support,” Earls told RTE Radio Sport.
“We are a passionate country. When one goes to battle, we all go to battle. I was gobsmacked by the support, absolutely gobsmacked. The players are grateful for all the supporters.”
Ireland face Italy in their third Pool D fixture at London’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday next, 4.45pm.