Mixed weekend for Irish rugby…

It began on Friday, when Ulster try as they might could not quite grasp the Celtic league title, and instead where run to a 12 – 12 standstill. Contrast that with the pure bliss of Munster’s first European Cup bone crunching win in Cardiff on Saturday (“There was so much noise in the stadium we had a problem with communication” – Biarritz captain Thomas Lievremont). And spare a thought for the London Irish (which contains few actual Irish players since re-organisation of the provincial teams), who on Sunday just lost out on Rugby’s equivalent of the UEFA Cup in extra time.

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