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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    I shall be watching it with my dad. Tomorrow afternoon will be part of the 500-odd minutes a year I spend indulging my Irish heritage.
    Always a funny one for me too - I will support England but won't be too upset if Ireland win (which they will do tomorrow)

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    In fact I have two Irish parents, h.

    The chief attraction of Irishness for j is as a means of disavowing his obvious Englishness rather than as the rather unfortunate twist of genetic fate that it is.
    Less of the “unfortunate” if it’s all the same pal.

    You will be first in the queue for an Irish passport once Brexit metaphorically fúcks you in the ass.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by SWv2 View Post
    Jorge MKII

    Nonsense. J hates rugby because he imagines it's posh.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Nonsense. J hates rugby because he imagines it's posh.
    Super league season started yesterday so us proper northerners will be concentrating on that ... not this mamby pamby version where the ball is never in play
    Northern Monkey ... who can't upload a bleeding Avatar

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by SWv2 View Post
    Less of the “unfortunate” if it’s all the same pal.

    You will be first in the queue for an Irish passport once Brexit metaphorically fúcks you in the ass.
    A tendency to burn in anything more than 20 degrees, red hair and a predisposition for raging alcoholism are hardly desirable traits, are they, sw?

    And I absolutely promise you I won't. I wouldn't wipe my arse on an Irish passport.

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Nonsense. J hates rugby because he imagines it's posh.
    It is a really weird sport in Ireland, firmly a Protestant sport when I was growing up so one I never got involved with in any way.

    It is still undoubtedly ‘posh’ in Leinster but only in the realms of school rugby which holds a sense of self-importance to be utterly bizarre to anybody who did not attend of those schools. Brian O’Driscoll tells a story of being out in town for a few pints one night and getting verbally berated by some dude on the basis that said dude had won a Leinster Senior Cup with his school and BOD had not.

    Thing is with our dominant current position in world rugby and the inevitable World Cup success in the Autumn the sport is now hugely popular. I have neighbours, ordinary chaps, who attend matches and who will discuss rucks and mauls (I suspect they don’t know the difference) while only last year I had to change my football team training from a Wednesday to a Thursday (having been Wednesday for years) because 5 of my team had decided to take up the foreign Protestant sport and there was a clash.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by SWv2 View Post
    It is a really weird sport in Ireland, firmly a Protestant sport when I was growing up so one I never got involved with in any way.

    It is still undoubtedly ‘posh’ in Leinster but only in the realms of school rugby which holds a sense of self-importance to be utterly bizarre to anybody who did not attend of those schools. Brian O’Driscoll tells a story of being out in town for a few pints one night and getting verbally berated by some dude on the basis that said dude had won a Leinster Senior Cup with his school and BOD had not.

    Thing is with our dominant current position in world rugby and the inevitable World Cup success in the Autumn the sport is now hugely popular. I have neighbours, ordinary chaps, who attend matches and who will discuss rucks and mauls (I suspect they don’t know the difference) while only last year I had to change my football team training from a Wednesday to a Thursday (having been Wednesday for years) because 5 of my team had decided to take up the foreign Protestant sport and there was a clash.
    Certainly it's the case in Leinster that rugby is dominated by the big independent schools. Like BOD, my dad went to Blackrock College, where rugby was virtually a religion. Clongowes, St Mary's, Belvedere et al are similar.
    The anomaly in recent years has been the rise in Munster rugby, of course. In the old days, Irish provincial rugby was exclusively dominated by Ulster and Leinster, but not any more. Now I don't know the backgrounds of the Munster players, but my instinctive assumption is that people from Munster all work on farms and eat their young - hardly 'posh' in other words.

    Also, you realise that football was codified in British public schools and is therefore just as foreign and protestant? ;_)

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