Thursday 14 December 2017

'Unbelievable' facilities await visitors in Qatar

Johnny O'Connor

Work has me in Qatar this week, but despite being so far away from home, it was good to see a couple of familiar faces on the box for the Six Nations.

Local company beIN Sports have the rights to show the rugby here so thankfully I had a couple of hours off to watch the game. In the studio former Ireland wing Denis Hickie was joined by former England and Northampton hooker Steve Thompson on analysis, and while it wasn't quite what we are used to with George Hook and Brent Pope, it was good to get the Irish viewpoint.

It was a bit strange watching the game in Qatar, but I ended up watching it with our Italian doctor so we had a bit of a laugh.

Qatar has been in the news quite a bit due to its successful 2022 World Cup bid, but whatever about all the talk of moving the event because of the temperatures, the facilities here are unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it, definitely not in my time as a rugby player.

It is about 29 degrees today, it ranges between 15 and 29 degrees this time of the year, but it gets very cold early morning and in the evenings but you can only wonder what it will be like in summer.

It is about 29 degrees today, it ranges between 15 and 29 degrees this time of the year, but it gets very cold early morning and in the evenings but you can only wonder what it will be like in summer
It is about 29 degrees today, it ranges between 15 and 29 degrees this time of the year, but it gets very cold early morning and in the evenings but you can only wonder what it will be like in summer

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