The Champions Cup final between Saracens and Clermont Auvergne was certainly not part of the script for Irish rugby fans. With Leinster and Munster in the two semi-finals, fans were dreaming of an all-Ireland final.
However, Sarries and Clermont paid no notice in Dublin and Lyon in the final four.
Nonetheless, many Irish fans had already booked for the trip to Edinburgh, and weren’t going to let the disappointment of the semi-finals dampen their spirits.
Decent enough Irish crowd in Edinburgh – plenty of Munster & Leinster jerseys swapping coffee for pints already ? #ChampionsCup
— Lauren Guilfoyle (@GuilfoyleLauren) May 13, 2017
When the two stand-out European rugby teams took to the field, the Irish were keen to make their voices heard. Munster fans, and indeed any other Irish in attendance, belted out the Fields of Athenry as it rang around the stadium.
Fields of athenry belted out at a final being played in Scotland between a French and an English side. Incredible.
— Dan (@mufc_dan87) May 13, 2017
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) May 13, 2017
Fields of Athenry being sung at Murrayfield. How many Munster fans thought they would be here?
— #RugbyUlster_ (@RugbyUlster_) May 13, 2017
The Fields of Athenry rings out at Murrayfield. Who said the Irish didn’t make the final?
— Jack de Menezes (@JackdeMenezes) May 13, 2017
— Gill Curtin (@gillcurtin) May 13, 2017
Fields of Athenry – can’t help but think what sort of atmosphere could be engulfing Murrayfield if Munster were in the final #ChampionsCup
— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) May 13, 2017
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