Friday September 18, 2020

Irish Grand Slam win chimes with Brexit border tussle

In the Brexit referendum debate, the few that acknowledged that the Irish border might be relevant were equally content to assume that a compliant government in Dublin would quietly adjust to any new reality

4th December, 2018
Ireland celebrate their Grand Slam victory at Twickenham. Pic: Getty

Mostly, sport is a wonderful distraction. Compared to the messy complexities of politics, its simple certainties are comforting and clear. Winners and losers, heroes and villains and a definitive result at the end of the contest. Almost uniquely, it seems able to channel raging partisan passion into benignly harmless banter.

Historically, Irish teams have struggled at the fortress of English rugby. Usually out-muscled by the stronger team in white, the rare wins are invariably close...

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