Friday 19 January 2018

Bad Six Nations start for Ryle Nugent as he walks into a glass door in front of rival fans

Ryle Nugent, Group Head of RTÉ Sport
Ryle Nugent, Group Head of RTÉ Sport

By his own admission, it hasn’t been the best of starts to the Six Nations for RTE commentator Ryle Nugent.

Ireland’s voice of rugby is in Cardiff tonight ahead of the Wales v England opening match in the Millennium Stadium but he was left with a red face and a sore head when he walked into a hotel glass door to the laughter of a crowd of Welsh fans.

“I just walked into a door trying to get here on time much to the amusement of about 40 Welsh supporters,” said Nugent on tonight’s Ray D’Arcy show on RTE.

“I went straight into a glass door walking out of the hotel. It’s not been a good start to the evening.”

But like a true professional, Nugent dusted himself down while the baying mob had their fun and the legendary broadcaster is looking forward to another cracking Six Nations tournament where he feels Ireland are justified favourites.

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“I think it is just such a fantastic tournament. It falls at a time of year when people are just starting to come out of hibernation after Christmas and it gives you hope that spring is in the air,” added Nugent.

"It is so unpredictable, you have no idea and you can make a case for four teams winning the Championship this year. It’s a wonderful time of the year, it’s a great tournament.”

While Ray D’Arcy says the favourites tag brings apprehension, Nugent says it’s a position Joe Schmidt’s team deserve to be in.

“Roy Keane wouldn’t like that (being afraid of the favourites tag). I think we are justifiably favourites. We had a great November, we had three straight wins on the bounce, we are the number three ranked team in the world and we should be favourites.

“And we have got France and England at home. I think the trip here on the fourth week against Wales will be extremely difficult for us but we should go into it full of confidence.

“We have done the work, we have the players and we have an outstanding coaching team.”

But Nugent did air on the side of caution when asked about tomorrow’s opponents.

“We were beaten there two years ago, four years ago we got out of jail when O’Gara knocked over a drop goal and it is not an easy place to go and people expect us to go there and win by maybe 20 or 30 points and I think that is a difficult thing especially on the first game.”

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