Wednesday 24 January 2018

Off The Ball: Time to wave goodbye to Mexican blight

Michael McCarthy

The Saturday evening kick-off on a perfect November day; the almost sell-out crowd; the excitement of the birth of a new era in Irish rugby.

It all should have created a raucous atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium for the Ireland-Samoa game last weekend. Instead, in an admittedly stop-start game, we were treated to a Mexican wave half an hour in.

Would a government ban on the Mexican wave be too extreme? On television, you could hear the wave before you saw it. That horrible sound of a vaguely excited section of the ground cheering as they rose to their feet. Then the hum of anticipation in the rest of the ground as they awaited their turn to pointlessly jump out of their seats.

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