Friday 17 November 2017

Irish-Argentinians blazed a trail for rugby - when they ran out of hurleys

Ita O'Donnell
Ita O'Donnell

Ita O'Donnell

Travel, as they say, broadens the mind. All the same, you can understand my surprise when I visited a hurling club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and came across a group of men locked together in what I was told was a "Bajada".

I would later learn that this was Argentinian for "scrum", a part of the game of rugby they had elevated to the level of an art form.

This was 1988, as I mentioned in a hurling club a long way from home on a foreign field that should have been forever Ireland; it was an odd place to learn about rugby.

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