Irish rugby “pampered pros” boycott media

The Irish rugby team currently touring New Zealand has been creating more news off the pitch than on after they refused to speak to Irish Independent journalist David Kelly (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/author/story.cfm?a_id=23&ObjectID=10386455) after his [url=http://www.unison.ie/sportsdesk/stories.php3?ca=15&si=1633325]”Harsh Reality” article critiquing the Irish team performance[/url] after its [url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/5061412.stm] 34-23 loss to New Zealand[/url].

The rest of the accompanying Irish journalists walked out in solidarity with Kelly. The media and team [url=http://www.unison.ie/sportsdesk/stories.php3?ca=15&si=1633683]now appear to be back on speaking terms[/url] however as you would expect, the hacks are on the attack against the [url=http://www.unison.ie/sportsdesk/stories.php3?ca=15&si=1633652]”pampered pros”[/url] and their [url=http://www.unison.ie/sportsdesk/stories.php3?ca=15&si=1633652]”shameful silence”[/url].

Fans’ comments have been generally negative towards the players’ actions as Kelly’s article was seen as fairly innocuous and reflected what many others were saying after the NZ game. “Pathetic, counterproductive, childish and petulant” from [url=http://www.munsterfans.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=18521&PN=1]Munster fans[/url], “disgrace by the players” from [url=http://www.uafc.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2893]Ulster fans[/url] but some dissenting views from [url=http://forum.leinsterfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=1539]Leinster fans[/url] given some of Kelly’s critical articles about that province in the past.

Fans have been speculating about the role of Ireland’s coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, in this boycott given O’Sullivan was widely criticised for the failure to use his bench effectively in the final 20 minutes of the game when Ireland lost the lead to New Zealand.

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  • nutjack

    *Rugby team loses to New Zealand All Blacks shock*

    sheesh, hold the front page

  • Donnacha

    A bit unfair given that this was the best chance we’re likely to have to get one over on the ABs. Tomorrow’s game I fear will involve a far greater margin of defeat, with the ABs stung by the media criticism. Kelly was well within his rights to have a go at the Irish team’s meek last-ten-minutes surrender, but the self-righteous undercurrent of his coverage of the walk-out makes me feel slightly queasy.

  • barnshee

    Rugby team loses to New Zealand All Blacks shock

    TRY
    Irish Rugby team loses to New Zealand All Blacks second XV (no shock scond time in a year)

    Not the first time that Eddie has lost matches with his obsession with munster players and porr substitution decisions