Sunday 25 March 2018

Joe Schmidt can rest easy – Irish rugby's future is in safe hands

Baby Rian Harrington. Photo: Ann-Marie Collins
Baby Rian Harrington. Photo: Ann-Marie Collins
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

JOE Schmidt can rest easy – the future of Irish rugby is in safe if somewhat sleepy hands.

Rian Quinlan was born just 11 days ago and arrived three weeks early as if he was determined not to miss Ireland’s defence of the Six Nations Championship title.

The determination not to miss Ireland’s opening home match against France today is hardly surprising – Rian’s proud dad, Emmet, is a rugby fanatic and an accomplished player with Cork club, Highfield.

Rian arrived on February 3 weighing in at just over 5lb.

His mum, Diane, said he is now happily settling into a routine of feeding and sleeping.

“We are rugby mad in this house so we will definitely be watching the France game but we’ll be keeping the cheers down just in case we wake Rian,” Diane admitted.

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