The State of Irish Rugby

I was going to write something about the forthcoming game with Argentina.

I was going to spout the usual drivel about how my heart tells me one thing and my head tells me another, but then I received a comment from O Sean Ici, and it only seems fair to quote his words, as a sort of a special guest spot. 

Here’s what OSI thinks about the state of Irish rugby:

When I was a young, strapping rugger-bugger meself, I was told that Rugby Union is a simple game. The big physical forwards bind on, drive over and make the ball available. The scrum half passes to the out half, who runs a straight line at the opposition and just as he’s about to be tackled he passes to the inside centre who does the same and so on… such that the wing gets the ball in space and is able to run or (when dramatics or good value photo opportunities require) dive over the line to register a try. Whatever, Eddie the midget says, the simplicity is staggering in its lack of complexity.

When selecting a team, you choose bulky and aggressive forwards, whilst the only thing that the backs (that suggest themselves for selection) need to do is to be able to carry a ball whilst running straight.

So, we have forwards that have lost their aggression and their hunger for driving over, gaining possesion and feeding their backs, whilst we have backs that hate to run straight – all compounded by the midget’s self-delusion that a few good games in the below par social tournament that is the 6 Nations means anything when you come up aganst the big boys from the southern hemisphere.

The safe and comfortable 6 Nations has weakened each of its participants – like a grand slam or a triple crown means anything other than a form of mutual masturbation amongst TV-funded rivals that allow the massaging of national pride and the venting of historical grudges to bring them all to a state of juddering, jingoistic orgasm. Was beating the English at Croke Park a Rugby result that meant anything or were we simply pulling back the foreskin of our collective sense of historical victimhood….

Ah stop would ya – Rugby is a simple game, if only we could stop the self delusion….

9 thoughts on “The State of Irish Rugby

  1. Well, it’s over. Brian’s try was brilliant, but it was (mostly) downhill after that.

    RIP

    I still don’t know what happened. We HAVE a damn good squad.

  2. It’s like having the fastest donkey in the world and entering it in the Aintree Grand National. Then the jockey sits on him back to front.

    He loses badly of course but the jockey says he’s still the fastest donkey in the world and he’s going to review the footage to see where things went wrong.

  3. Its time to make the Six nations seven and beg Argentina to join. Atleast then we will have one or maybe two competitive games each year. ( France being the other one). As for the rest well It proves that all the six nations sides are badly below required standard. Scotland and Englan are lucky to be through but I expect both to be soundly trashed next week. France may put up a better fight but again will be beaten. And so for the first time ever it will be southern Hem all the way.

    I can only hope that it becomes the Seven nations up here and not the Four nations down there because if that happens we are truely fucked.

  4. In fairness, it wasn’t long after England won the last WC that we went to Twickenham and beat them there (?).

    Oddly enough, I saw a couple of TV commentators suggesting that there could be something wrong behind the scenes (which I’d suggested here before — not the “doped tea”, that was a joke). They said we’d probably never find out, since the guys are on contract to the IRFU and if they want to keep playing they’re not going to spill any controversial beans …

    On the other hand, how often do we play e.g. the All Blacks? Not enough, clearly.

  5. I had to buy some lemons today, you’ll never guess where they were from…..yes Argentina. But like the Murphy’s I’m not bitter….

  6. I came across a little nugget of information recently that might explain a lot about the team’s performance. I’ll write about it tomorrow or the day after.

  7. “Hookey says the problem with Brian is he tries to win on his own rather than captain the team.”

    That’s very unfair. It’s called leading by example. By rights, his first try should have given the team a boost. I think his personal courage and determination has been and should be an inspiration to them.

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    Bock, I’m fascinated. Do tell.

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