Ewan MacKenna Don’t fall for the hype: this isn’t rugby country, and it never was

Ewan MacKenna Don’t fall for the hype: this isn’t rugby country, and it never was

The lads had their uniforms down to a tee. Dubarrys, chinos, Polo T-shirts, the lot. But their act went above and beyond. There they stood, in a bar on Baggot Street in Dublin, tipsy from an Ireland win in the Six Nations, and with more celebratory s

The journalists watching them avoided Ireland match nights thereafter. The morning after that psychological scarring, I took a stroll, only to see billboards proclaiming that “This is rugby country”, and had to double-check that I was still on Thomas Street in the heart of the Liberties.

This is, of course, merely anecdotal, but it’s the whiff that many get when it comes to Irish rugby.

The idea that this is rugby country is continuously...

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