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Sunday Times Six Nations coverage incurs wrath of Irish supporters

Published 16/03/2014 | 12:38

The English and Irish version of The Sunday Times
The English and Irish version of The Sunday Times

The sports cover of the English edition of the Sunday Times has sparked an outcry from Irish readers over its coverage of Ireland’s Six Nations championship win.

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On a nerve-jangling final day in the competition, the boys in green claimed the title on points difference from England after a two point victory over a battling French side.

Despite racking up a big score against the Italians in Rome, Stuart Lancaster’s side fell short by just six points in the scoring difference and the English disappointment was clearly illustrated in its headline.

“Sacre Bleu: England denied as France gift Six Nations crown to O’ Driscoll” was the original headline, before being toned down slightly to “England denied as O’Driscoll lifts Six Nations crown in Paris.”

Naturally, the insinuation that England were robbed and Ireland very fortunate to claim silverware created a storm online.

The Irish version was “Last Action Hero: O’Driscoll gets perfect send-off as Ireland beat France to win title.”, while the Welsh version of the paper had no mention of either game. Concentrating only on the dead rubber between Wales and Scotland. 

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