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An interview row and a bizarre press conference – provincial head coaches start season in different moods

Brendan Fanning


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Munster head coach Graham Rowntree knows he is in a difficult job. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster head coach Graham Rowntree knows he is in a difficult job. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster head coach Graham Rowntree knows he is in a difficult job. Photo: Sportsfile

There was a touch of football’s English Premier League about last weekend’s opener to the URC; less in what happened on the field and more in the mood music coming from the four coaches of Ireland’s provinces.

In no particular order, Leo Cullen never looked happier despite his side having opened enough doors for Zebre to break new ground, only to run out of time. You waited for Cullen to come across all grave and concerned. Then he did a fair impression of a kid who fetched up to school with no homework done only to discover there were burst pipes and they were all off for the day. Result! So with bonus point bagged, clear and obvious stuff to fix from the video, it was off to the airport with a few cheap lessons learned.


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