'Hard-hitting columnist, less hard-hitting player' – New Zealand paper continues to attack Gordon D'Arcy
The New Zealand Herald is unrepentant over its criticism of Irish international Gordon D'Arcy, but admitted reaction to their scathing article has not been "overwhelmingly positive'.
The New Zealand paper put the boot into D'Arcy and indeed the Irish rugby team following the rugby international's recent controversial comments regarding England's rugby league convert Sam Burgess.
“Former Ireland back Gordon D'Arcy is proving significantly more incisive in print than he ever was on the field,” wrote Steve Dean in the article entitled ‘World's Cup: Doomsday scenario for Wales’.
“Best known for not being anywhere near as good as Brian O'Driscoll, D'Arcy's savaging of English league convert Sam Burgess in the Irish Times went around the planet in a nanosecond.
Irish readers have responded online to the stinging comments and today the New Zealand Herald, under the headline 'Irish Eyes Not Smiling', admitted there was a sharp response to the provocative article, before managing to get another dig at the 82-cap international.
"Feedback to The World's Cup over our description of hard-hitting Irish Times columnist and less hard-hitting former rugby international Gordon D'Arcy as being best known not for "not being as good as Brian O'Driscoll" has not been overwhelmingly positive," Dean wrote today.
They list D'Arcy's achievements before quoting a line form an irate reader.
"Ahh so you're one of those anonymous talentless journalists that makes up for it by writing sensationalist garbage."
D'Arcy's detailed analysis of England's defeat to Wales in his Irish Times column, and in particular the role of rugby league convert Sam Burgess, has been a major talking point.
The Leinster player wrote that Burgess lacked “the sense of timing, in attack and defence, required to be effective at international level” given his short bedding-in period to rugby union.
The New Zealand Herald also went on to reference Ireland’s disappointing record at World Cups before adding a further dig at D’Arcy.
“D'Arcy, of course, knows plenty about RWC quarter-finals - it being the stage where Ireland tended to exit the tournament during the 16-odd years of mediocrity that coincided with his international career.”