Was Stuart Barnes right to include Paul O'Connell's injury in his Rugby World Cup top moments?
There were grown men in tears and it did incalculable damage to our Rugby World Cup hopes... so was Stuart Barnes right to put Paul O'Connell's injury in his top moments of the competition.
Barnes thought that the ovation received by the giant Limerick man from everyone inside the Millennium Stadium jusitifed inclusion in his top moments.
The TV3 co-commentator wrote on Sky Sports: "Paul O' Connell might beg to differ but whilst we salute this Irish hero let us praise the reaction of the entire Millennium Stadium that rose to its feet to applaud one of this hemisphere's modern greats.
"The French fans, the Welsh, the English as well as the Irish stood in a mark of appreciation. To reiterate, the fans were fantastic throughout."
The sight of O'Connell crumpled under a ruck, trying to stand up and walk but failing and ultimately being lifted onto a mobile stretcher and raising a clenched fist to the fans will live with everyone who was there to witness it.
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