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Two thoughts for the day

1 Tyrone's Brian McGuigan becomes the latest venerable GAA player to slip back into inter-county activity this week, having side-stepped the winter drudgery. And, like Lar Corbett in Tipp, early reports suggest he's "flying."

Is sports science officially on its knees now?

2 Maybe it's just us, but a three-Test June tour to New Zealand sounds suspiciously like needless masochism, particularly at the end of a World Cup season. Declan Kidney will do well to convince his charges that they are travelling as anything more than fodder.

Come to think of it, he will do well to convince himself.

Irish Independent