Friday 15 December 2017

Late name calling a childish act

Some of the international rugby teams, including Ireland's, for this weekend's Autumn Series were named yesterday, a full four days ahead of the games.

A similar tradition used to exist in the GAA, but in recent years team announcements have been delayed longer and longer. And, even when they are made, it's best to ignore them since they're not remotely reliable.

There are occasions when team announcements have to be delayed for genuine reasons but it now appears to be part of a tactical battle. Frankly, it's all quite childish. It does have a downside, though, as it denies the public the chance to discuss and debate the selections, which was always part of GAA life.

It has spread to the club scene too and, according to reports in some local newspapers in recent weeks, has extended to players wearing wrongly numbered jerseys, presumably in an attempt to confuse the opposition.

As for the public, sod them. Surely, they've only paid their entrance money.

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