Kick-off time a kick in the teeth for club game
Listening to Lansdowne skipper Ron Boucher speak in midweek ahead of today's Ulster Bank League final, I felt he brilliantly captured the commitment of amateur players to the game they love .
Boucher was an extremely talented schoolboy back-row with CBC Monkstown and subsequently soldiered alongside Sean O'Brien at underage for Leinster.
What he had to say wasn't a whinge but was a fair reflection of the massive sacrifice club players make - on a par with their Gaelic games counterparts.
So Clontarf and Lansdowne have earned the right to run out in the Aviva Stadium.
Credit the IRFU for taking the club showpiece back to the national stadium - but a 1.0 kick off on a Saturday? Spare me.
Irrespective of the excuses, and no doubt there are a bucket load, the timing sends out a message that the club game is seen as second class.