x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Kelly wants more respect

Ireland will be out to prove the doubters wrong when they meet Tonga in their opening World Cup Pool Three clash at Parramatta Stadium tomorrow night.

Ireland will be out to prove the doubters wrong when they meet Tonga in their opening World Cup Pool Three clash at Parramatta Stadium tomorrow night. The Wolfhounds coach Andy Kelly said his side have not been accorded the respect they deserve since arriving in Australia 10 days ago, with most of the interest centred on group rivals Tonga and Samoa. "No one considers us having a chance of making the semi-final play-off, let alone the semi-finals themselves," he said.

"We've been written off by most people over here. But I think that will spur the guys on. We're not here to clown around, we're here to perform and our aim is to make it through to the final four." * PA Sport