Craic & Codology

Euro qualifier update

MARTIN O’NEILL
MARTIN O’NEILL

Martin O’Neill

MARTIN O’NEILL says he will learn lessons from Ireland’s dismal Rugby World Cup showing when it comes to the Euro play-offs against Bosnia-Herzegovina. “We’ve studied the videos closely and identified a number of excuses we can use after we’ve been beaten,” said O’Neill. “Joe Schmidt is meticulous and left no stone unturned when it came to finding reasons why we couldn’t beat Argentina. Most of these excuses were concocted during the TV3 ad breaks so he had plenty of time to polish them up. We can adapt the lines he used to our sport. For Paul O’Connell read John O’Shea, for Sean O’Brien read Jon Walters. For missed kicks at goal read Robbie Keane, and so on.”