Monday 11 December 2017

We need to support our sporting heroes

Paul O’Connell: Call to arms. PA
Paul O’Connell: Call to arms. PA

* Paul O'Connell and Rob Kearney are calling for more vociferous and energetic support for the Irish rugby team at the Aviva Stadium. Alan Quinlan has also taken umbrage with the poor performance of the Irish supporters in the Aviva.

I have been attending Aviva and the old Lansdowne Road stadia for decades and have to agree with the main thrust of the comments. We go to these games to support the players we have an affinity with and we get particularly exercised when these players are 'heroes' to us.

But two contrasting articles in this paper have caused me to question this call to arms. A week ago you reported "IRFU smash pay structure with bumper €1.5m Heaslip contract".

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