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...
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