Wednesday 7 December 2016

It's simply not cricket

Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00

Ireland's Sean Cronin is tackled by
Victor Gresev during the Rugby World
Cup tie against Russia in New Zealand.
Ireland's Sean Cronin is tackled by Victor Gresev during the Rugby World Cup tie against Russia in New Zealand.

•Sport's magnetic pull comes from a parallel world with limitless possibilities for hope and disappointment, governed by its own moral gravity that gives contest an ethical atmosphere.

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In rugby, you can tackle and bludgeon a man in full flight. Bring the same intensity and force on to the street and it is violent assault.

The difference is the intent. Nobody has embraced the concept of attributing purpose to aggression, subject to disciplined control, better than the British.

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