Cathal Dervanby Cathal Dervan
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SORRY about this, but the Irish rugby team and their management deserve to be slated for their abject failure to live with the All-Blacks in Hamilton last Saturday. Losing 60-0 to any team, even if they are the world champions, is not good enough for any side wearing the green of Ireland. Questions need to be asked by the IRFU – and answered. Someone really should pay the price for a defeat described by captain Brian O’Driscoll as “embarrassing.” He was right on that score – about the only score Ireland got on the day.
KEITH Andrews was doing so well at the Euros until a serious faux-pas on Monday night. Ireland were two down to Italy and going nowhere when the midfielder, one of our best players all tournament up to that stage, decided to pick up a needless yellow card for a stupid jostle with Italian playmaker Pirlo. Sadly it was his second yellow of the night and he was sent off, but not before he pointed a very angry finger at the ref, then kicked a spare ball into the crowd. Now Andrews is banned for the first World Cup qualifier, in Kazakhstan of all places. He really should have known better.
WITH the Euro 2012 week that’s in it, we’ll be nice to all men. And women. And that bloke in the Bronx.