Saturday 20 January 2018

Rugby's weird media grip made a mountain out of a friendly

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll
Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

I'm not a rugby man – just never got the attraction. But I'm not petty. When Ireland won the Grand Slam, I felt genuinely happy for good guys like O'Driscoll and O'Connell.

However – why the Sam Hill did that New Zealand match dominate the airwaves so much? It was a challenge. A friendly. Doesn't matter if rugger people rebrand them as "Tests", capital T, this was a non-competitive fixture.

It didn't mean anything. By all laws of sporting contest, it can't mean anything.

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