Thursday June 4, 2020

Who will tackle the All Blacks’ cynical brutality?

Almost 50 years ago an Irish headmaster sent off a legendary Kiwi lock. We need more of his ilk today

27th November, 2016
Robbie Henshaw is lifted from the field after the clash against the All Blacks which ended his November series Pic: Getty

The bad taste still lingers. It was all hugely anticipated, tickets for Lansdowne Road last weekend were gold. There were almost no injuries going into the game and superb weather conditions. The script was as perfect as it ever gets. The world champions were in town and after Chicago, Irish rugby was poised to take a step onto dizzying heights.

In the end the crowd trooped away angry, confused and bitterly disappointed. And it wasn’t...

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