The Dublin media have finally got their way and Jonathan Sexton is included at the expense of Ronan O’Gara on the Irish team to face England in London next weekend.
All I’ll say, my final word, is that Irish rugby must be in rude health if we can afford to drop the highest scorer in the history of the Six Nations and replace him with a rookie.
Meantime, Sexton’s inclusion arrives amid a bizarre spat between O’Gara and Irish Independent columnist Kevin Myers.
Myers wrote a piece after the French debacle in which he castigated most of the Irish team, and anyone that happened to be in the vicinity. He also implied, getting all Freudian, that Irish coach Declan Kidney, because Irish people like to lose sub-consciously, picked a team that would do just that, hence his selection of O’Gara.
(Freud incidentally believed the Irish were a race of people that psychoanalysis had no effect on whatsoever).
O’Gara then wrote a letter to the Independent calling Myers a scurrilous journalist.
However, Myers had another cut at O’Gara today.
I’m a great admirer of both O’Gara and Myers. However, I reckon that O’Gara should just concentrate on the rugby.
True, there has been a concentrated drive by most of the Dublin media to get O’Gara dropped and Sexton included in the starting line up over the last few weeks.
Likewise, I wouldn’t blame O’Gara for being a bit touchy – you know you’re not paranoid when they really are out to get you.