Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ollie Barrett: To win this war against the All Blacks, Ireland must prevail in the individual battles

Ireland's Eoin Reddan (L) clears the ball against New Zealand's All Blacks during their rugby test match in Christchurch. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Eoin Reddan (L) clears the ball against New Zealand's All Blacks during their rugby test match in Christchurch. Photo: Reuters

IT is an appropriate term to refer to touring rugby internationals as Tests. Because that is exactly what they are and, not unlike any exam, there is opportunity for brilliance and - when things go really bad - there is the no-grade. But with any test one must be suitably prepared.



There are many facets of the game of rugby to be considered, but first and foremost, and above anything else, the attitude of the players is paramount.

Personally, I'd rather a player of reasonable ability and proper attitude on my team over a gifted footballer that couldn't be arsed for much of the game. Especially when playing against the All Blacks. All fifteen must, at least, be breathing fire and psyched up to the point where pain won't be felt until they sit down for the after match dinner(presumably such acts of courtesy are still part of the game?).

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