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Virus set to spread to IRFU's pockets as postponing the Italy game likely to be a costly one

Neil Francis


Postponing the Italy game was a hasty decision and likely to be a costly one

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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton and Italy’s Luca Bigi pose for a photo with the Six Nations Trophy. Photo: Steven Paston/PA

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton and Italy’s Luca Bigi pose for a photo with the Six Nations Trophy. Photo: Steven Paston/PA

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton and Italy’s Luca Bigi pose for a photo with the Six Nations Trophy. Photo: Steven Paston/PA

On the way to pick up my press accreditation for the Wales game last month, I chanced upon a dozen Basques roaming around the main Lansdowne Road junction. France were playing Italy in Rome on the Sunday - why were they in Dublin?

"Le craic!"

A game with a little bit of bite, two Celtic teams going at each other, some real atmosphere (ahem) at the Aviva and then a shed load of beers with the natives afterwards. They needed four tickets to add to the eight they already had - maybe the IRFU or Ticketmaster had a few Row Z singles still floating around. When I got out of the IRFU offices, they had gone but there were five Italian men walking by. A left onto Shelbourne Road and a German couple decked out in rugby paraphernalia were handing their tickets to the guys at the turnstile.