Munster commitment an example to men in green
The weather was miserable in Limerick on Tuesday night. It was cold, wet, windy and the immediate post-match traffic gridlock meant it was an eternity before we made it back to Dublin.
But to be in the Treaty City among the most passionate supporters in the rugby world for yet another Munster win over major touring opposition made it another of those never-to-be-forgotten Thomond nights.
This was Munster magic, the Munster way -- and whether rain, hail or shine, the one guaranteed ingredient is that time-honoured commitment, built around performance. Just what it meant to Munster, from Doug Howlett through to Damien Varley, Ian Nagle, James Coughlan and the rest of a relatively inexperienced side, was clear for all to see.
However much rugby has changed, in one particular way it remains the same.
Want something badly enough and you will go to whatever lengths of self- sacrifice required to achieve it. A timely reminder, for sure, ahead of today.