Celtic Tigers to shake up test rugby

As if professional rugby players didn’t have enough games on their plate, Celtic League tournament director David Jordan, seeing the success of the British and Irish Lions, has come up with the idea of a “Celtic Tigers” side representing Scotland, Ireland and Wales, which would compete against the leading Test nations.
“If Celtic Rugby can develop as a brand then the possibilities are endless,” Jordan said.
“For example, you just have to look at the number of Lions jerseys that have been, and will be, sold this year.”
Soon your average rugger bugger will have a jersey for every day of the week.

  • cladycowboy

    sorry, no-one denies there is American influence

  • Biffo

    cladycowboy

    What sort of music do you listen to back home on your ranch? Hugo Duncan?

  • cladycowboy

    Sweet Jesus biffo!

    I think my mother listened to the local heart-throb but its not for me..too American!

    Listening to Sinead O’Connors ‘ Skibereen’ which is beautiful. Two of my favourite songs are by Philip Chevron, ‘Thousands are sailing’ and ‘Faifthful departed’, pure genius from the diaspora.
    How about yourself, big Hugo fan?

  • Davros

    there is no Celtic culture is incorrect

    There’s an ersatz culture that can be called “Celtic” but it’s a fake as a 3ยฃ note. Part of that “Celtic” culture is that “real” Irish people eat something called Corned beef (that doesn’t come out of a tin filled in South America) and cabbage!

    Unless you can find a picture in the Book of Kells of someone in a Goose wing hat, or someone ‘playing’ a piano accordian , or dressed up as a leprechaun.

    I’ll hold my hands up to being a cultural snob.

  • Biffo

    cladycowboy

    Local heart throb! LOL

    No, i’m of the older, more traditional generation, Shania Twain, Garth Brooks that sort of thing.

    I do remember Shania having a load of Irish dancers on her video for “Don’t Be Stupid”. So maybe I was wrong and we do have a big cultural influence on the rest of the world.

  • cladycowboy

    ‘I’ll hold my hands up to being a cultural snob.’

    A cultural snob who rejoices in the banality of Anglo-American ‘culture’. Snob? Ideas above your station!

  • Laoch

    “Rugby hardly qualifies as a “Celtic” sport in the GAA sense – which is why this is, as I pointed out, a nonsense.” – Davros

    Please don’t forget that William Webb Ellis’ father was stationed in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with the Dragoons and William was born in Tipperary where he played the native game of Caid (Cad). All branches of the Celtic race played Caid. There were two basic forms, Cross-country cad and field cad.

    When William Webb Ellis “with fine disregard for the rules of football (soccer) as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it he was simply playing according the the rules of Caid.

    So Rugby is a Celtic sport.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    I don’t recall davros rejoicing in anglo-american culture.

    And just to add something constructive to the debate, the “US English” word ‘broil’ (meaning grill) is the worst word I’ve ever heard on my travels to Canada. Confused the f**k out of me! (“You’re going to do WHAT with the meat?”)

  • cladycowboy

    Where did you get to Beano?

    I spent 3 months travelling across Canada in 2003. Its a fantastic country populated great people.
    Broil got me too, had to ask the waitress what it meant

  • Davros

    A cultural snob who rejoices in the banality of Anglo-American ‘culture’.

    and where have I rejoiced in the banality of Anglo-American Culture ?

  • Davros

    So Rugby is a Celtic sport.

    setting aside the word “Celtic” itself, if you go down that path you make the GAA look VERY foolish ๐Ÿ™‚
    Banning people who played Rugby ? Isn’t that a totally farcical situation if, as you say, Rugby IS a “celtic” sport ?

    cake and eat it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cladycowboy

    As you belittled every other culture barring Anglo-American, i think that amounts to rejoicing. Here in these you take pleasure(Rejoicing) in the use of a) A-A language,b)reeling of components of said culture as if in muse and c)admitting the pre-dominance of it in your life, which surely you think worthy of rejoicing or you can’t like yourself very much

    a)us Celts to sort ourselves out

    In English ๐Ÿ˜‰

    b)Eating fish and chips, drinking coffee, watching east-enders, Corrie, The Bill, Heartbeat, Friends, Will and Grace, Watching Man utd vs Chelsea, reading
    English and American Books etc etc etc .

    c)I would describe my culture as Irish George – and like most Irish people the predominant influence would be Anglo-American rather than gaelic.

    Also references to Rugby being an Anglo game, which is disputed and again smelling of rejoicing.

    Seperate point:

    One good thing of A-A culture is its music. All of American music has at its roots Black African-American culture. From Rock to Hip-hop, its all down to Black Americans. They started playing these beats and styles that had some resemblence to their ‘forgotten’ culture in Africa fused with their new identity. It certainly wasn’t African but it was even further from American.
    Now imagine you’d been around listening to Blacks play their beats in those days, you’d have said,

    ‘ look, i have respect for African culture but please none of your deedly-dee African Cajun crap here please. Its a disgrace to African culture and you’re Anglo-American anyway’

    and in one swipe you’d have destroyed this creativity and fusing of past with present and we’d have very little ‘Anglo(surely African)-American’ culture influencing the deedly-deers of this fair land.

    Maybe for an episode of new series of Quantum leap, get ready for the part Davros!;)

  • Davros

    As you belittled every other culture barring Anglo-American

    That is a blatent lie.

    eg :

    “YI – The Celtic Myths are a recent phenomenon. The whole “Celt thing” was kick started by a clever fraud in the 18th century ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a sham.

    Gaelic is different. But I have no time for this “Celt” nonsense which has spawned an industry every bit as synthetic as the “Ulster-Scots” industry. IMO “

    I do belittle Paddywhackery and this fake “celtic” nonsense. Authentic gaelic culture is a very different issue.

  • cladycowboy

    ‘I do belittle Paddywhackery and this fake “celtic” nonsense. Authentic gaelic culture is a very different issue.

    which is exactly my point in…

    ‘Now imagine you’d been around listening to Blacks play their beats in those days, you’d have said,

    ‘ look, i have respect for African culture but please none of your deedly-dee African Cajun crap here please. Its a disgrace to African culture and you’re Anglo-American anyway’

    and in one swipe you’d have destroyed this creativity and fusing of past with present and we’d have very little ‘Anglo(surely African)-American’ culture influencing the deedly-deers of this fair land.’

    You see, you should be embracing it. It may come to something! Neither Gaelic or Celtic

  • Davros

    and in one swipe you’d have destroyed this creativity and fusing of past with present and we’d have very little ‘Anglo(surely African)-American’ culture influencing the deedly-deers of this fair land.

    In that case how do you explain my enthusiasm for and recommendation of the macaronic poetry of
    Gearรณid Mac Lochlainn ?

  • cladycowboy

    Now that is inexplainable!;)

  • cladycowboy

    or inexplicable if you forgive my americanised spelling!

  • Davros

    LOL CC ๐Ÿ™‚

  • maca

    Dav
    “setting aside the word “Celtic” itself, if you go down that path you make the GAA look VERY foolish ๐Ÿ™‚
    Banning people who played Rugby “‘

    How so Dav? The “ban” is against competitive sports, soccer and rugby are the GAA’s two biggest competitors on the island.

  • Davros

    Sorry maca, I should have made myself clearer, I was referring to the days when an amateur rugby player would have been drummed out of the GAA in disgrace.

  • maca

    Okey dokey ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    Sorry for the belated answer CC, I have family in south-east Ontario.

  • PJ

    What a lot of bullshit. What is the big deal i thought we were talking about rugby. You guys need to get a grip I agree that it would be to much rugby, but it is a nice concept to promote a league that still has no sponser.