Friday 20 April 2018

Irish delusions of rugby greatness

IN RESPONSE to John Reid's assertion ('Grand Slam won on school playing fields', Letters, February 1) that Ireland ranks as the number-two nation in the rugby-union world pecking order, I would ask him to check the IRB rankings, in which Ireland is behind New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

I'm not a mathematical whiz, but surely this makes Ireland ranked fourth, rather than second?

Most rugby afficionados in the southern hemisphere don't even rate the northern-hemisphere teams, in much the same way that the the bulk of Europeans don't believe that the Greeks had the best soccer team in Europe in 2004, even though Greece managed to win the European Championship.

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