Monday 23 October 2017

Grand Slam won on school playing fields

I COULD not agree more with Sean Diffley's view (Irish Independent, January 30) regarding the schools rugby game in Ireland.

Schools rugby is the single most consequential reason why Ireland is currently the second strongest (and counting) rugby nation on earth after New Zealand.

As Mr Diffley astutely points out, more adults play rugby in Greater Manchester than on the whole island of Ireland. Yet Ireland can achieve internationally because the unrivalled nurseries that are the rugby schools continue to make so much out of our relatively minuscule playing pool.

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