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Ewan MacKenna: Nelson Mandela's death has reminded us that Irish rugby was frequently on the wrong side of the apartheid argument

15th December, 2013
1974: Willie John McBride of the British Lions in action during the Rugby Lions tour of South Africa. Picture: COLOURSPORT

At first glance it seemed fitting that Munster, with their apparent semi-copyright on moving moments in Irish sport, were to the fore when it came to remembering Nelson Mandela here. Just a week ago, what started out as a moment's silence quickly broke into a minute's applause as Thomond Park realised such an extraordinary life would be better celebrated than mourned.

But let's glance a second time. The truth is, Irish rugby should feel uncomfortable...

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