Because Friday night is Music Night
It’s crunch time in Dublin tomorrow. The final weekend of the 6 Nations sees Ireland warmly welcome England’s fine rugger chaps. Now some might say it’s a dead rubber, since England clinched the title last weekend. No way. No Test match is meaningless. England are after back-to-back Grand Slams. Ireland need a result to stay in the world’s top 4 ranked teams. The rankings won’t change between this weekend and the World Cup draw. Being in the top 4 is a big advantage. I’m anticipating a belter. Ireland’s Conor Murray, the best SH in Europe is out, and compounding that is the fact that Keet Urls has been passed fit. That’s a twin injury blow in my book.
Ireland vs England is a special fixture for many reasons. This short BBC film explains one of them. International teams were refusing to play in Ireland in 1973, because of the terror threat. But England turned up to play, and really were warmly welcomed for it. In a game of legends, John Pullin’s post-match quip has gone down in rugby lore. Before the match England’s David Duckham told Ireland captain Willie John McBride that he might come into midfield as he “didn’t fancy standing out on the wing in white England shirt”. McBride assured him that he’d be “welcome at the bottom of an Irish ruck any time”. Some of that tomorrow, chaps.
England are confident, have a hugely powerful pack nowadays and are hungry. Ireland are missing a key man and won’t quite have the eye-popping intensity that has turned us over in the past. England by 10.
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