Tony Ward: Strauss return was a spine-tingling moment
The highlight of an all-action, thrill-a-minute weekend came when Richardt Strauss ran on to the field, as a final-quarter replacement for Sean Cronin, at the RDS.
The reaction of the Leinster faithful to the return of one very brave and hugely committed rugby player was spine-tingling.
When a man goes about learning the words to another national anthem in a language that must seem like gobbledygook, well I think it tells you something about his character.
Strauss has endeared himself to the Irish public on the field and off it and Friday night's warm appreciation from the Leinster fans reflected that. Being there to witness such an emotional moment was a privilege and made this observer mighty proud to be Irish.