Wednesday 19 June 2019

‘D’Arcy more incisive in print than he ever was on the field’ – New Zealand media savage Irish star following Burgess comments

Gordon D’Arcy
Gordon D’Arcy

Declan Whooley

One New Zealand paper has really put the boot into both Irish rugby and Gordon D’Arcy following the international’s recent controversial comments regarding Sam Burgess.

Burgess, the rugby league convert was a surprise pick at inside centre in England’s defeat to Wales at Twickenham at the weekend and in a detailed analysis of the English defeat, the D'Arcy 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 Wexford native, a veteran of 82 caps and one half of a celebrated Ireland midfield axis with Brian O'Driscoll, was forthright in his views that it was asking too much of a midfield novice at an elite level, claiming his naivety “embarrassed those around him and severely damaged England's chances of reaching the quarter-finals”.

The comments have been discussed at length and The New Zealand Herald has also had their say. While in agreement with his views on Burgess, the paper is very harsh in its assessment of the decorated Leinster player.

“Former Ireland back Gordon D'Arcy is proving significantly more incisive in print than he ever was on the field,” writes 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.

The article 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.”

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