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Vincent Hogan: Nation laments lack of sparkle

Heaslip admits Irish artistry got lost in the dogfight

Published 08/02/2010 | 05:00

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 06: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland scores the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Croke Park on February 6, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 06: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland scores the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Croke Park on February 6, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Even from the top-most rim of Croke Park, you could hear the grumbles begin to creak and groan, like early-morning rolling stock.

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The nation was disappointed. Where had all the art gone? The escapism? What we all imagined to be a portrait of Dorian Gray in the attic turned out to be little more than a crayoned likeness of Widow Twankey. And now Paris loomed.

Merde.

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