This Nipple is suffering reverse rugby culture shock

Living as I do only a 30 minute train ride out from Edinburgh my insatiable thirst for Rugby is easily satisfied at Scotland’s national stadium. Though my Scottish friends have threatened to ban me attending 6 Nations games if our lads in green keep winning.

However, this weekend for me, a political activist, is just the two weekends before the voting in the Euro elections so I was heading into town for more campaigning. So I trundled down for the 10:25 from Bathgate, normally a pretty quiet service to see a queue of confused looking people at the ticket machine. Not only where they confused but they were also speaking in lilting Irish tones. For of course to day is the Heineken Cup final at Murrayfield (which I am just passing as I type this) and a small hoarde of the Leinster fans seemed to have booked up the hotels out near me. So we had some good craic on the train in to town, which looks and sounds like a cross between Dublin and the East Midlands.

However, my English-born, rugby coaching uncle has in his time been part of the coaching set up for Leicester. Does this give me split loyalties? Hardly! I have been made an adopted son of Leicester the day so all the best to Leinster (whose blue top with Bank of Ireland sponsorship bears a striking resemblance to the Scottish jersey).

Sadly I’ll not be able to provide updates from the ground itself, your correspondent from near but not at the Heineken Cup Final.

BTW The spell checker is also a confused spectator today. It doesn’t recognise Leinster but offers up as its top alternative Leicester.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    COME ON LEINSTER!

    And I know that the good Ulster fans will be cheering on their fellow Irishmen just like the good Munster fans!

    (…or will they be cheering on the English team?)

  • empire-home

    I alwasy think NIPPLE is hilarious, told it to a friend liveing there, she had never heard it, but her Da is a Presby minister so guess a bit sheltered lol

  • percy

    should be a cracker.
    Tigers beat London Irish last week 10-9 in the final of the Guinness Premiership

  • As a southerner from munster, I’ll be indifferent to who wins, there’s something about those dublin four tossers from leinster that grates and their snooty fake accents drive me up the walls(horse/ hoarse, no difference in pronunciation). So I won’t mind one bit if Leicester win.

  • Belfast Greyhound

    Listening to the RTE comentry on the other PC as I type this and things are not sounding too good for Leinster. But the Irish are coming back!!to keep control.
    Living in Central Scotland I sincerely hope that Leinster don’t loose – you have no idea how depressing it would be to end up going back to Bathgate (one of the most depressing places i know here)to spend the night thinking how it could all have been different……..
    Jeeze we’ve just scored a try – we’ll do it and humble Perfidious Albion yet.

  • dewi

    Quite an intense experience..

  • percy

    Irelands year continues … Hurrah 19-16

  • dewi

    That scrum half very good as were the back row – Fitzgerald looks special also.

  • Mick Fealty

    BBC: http://url.ie/1lpb

    “With Ireland having won the Grand Slam and Munster – who saw their defence of the Heineken Cup ended in the last four by Leinster – having claimed the Magners League, Leinster’s win at Murrayfield completes a year of unparalled success for Irish rugby.”

    Missed this one (ferrying kids and shopping). But ample revenge for Leicester last week slowly and confidently squeezing the life force out of the Exiles…

  • Stephen Glenn

    I actually sang Ireland, Ireland with a guy in a Muster shirt in Edinbugh city centre tonight on the way to another pub. Edinburgh is buzzing and even the Leicester fans are having a good times. Says a lot about the attitude of rugby fans.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    “As a southerner from munster, I’ll be indifferent to who wins, there’s something about those dublin four tossers from leinster that grates and their snooty fake accents drive me up the walls(horse/ hoarse, no difference in pronunciation). So I won’t mind one bit if Leicester win.”

    Ha Ha…. So there ye were today then, gladly cheering on the English team against the Irish.

    Pity about ye, but sounds like sour grapes. Bit of an auld bitter streak in ye then.

    Afterall, folk from Leinster, including myself supported Munster wholeheartedly and Ulster too in past finals.

    Anyway great victory for Leinster today, I’m sure you are hurtin’.

    BTW, but there are 12 counties in Leinster, it’s not just Dublin.

    Leinster, Champions of Europe!

    Laighin Abu!

  • As a southerner from munster, I’ll be indifferent to who wins

    As a Northerner from Ulster, I was shouting myself hoarse at the TV earlier on behalf of the ladyboys and was delighted to see Leinster win. Especially for Brian O’Driscoll, the finest player to grace the green jersey in my lifetime, who deserves more than anyone in European rugby both the grand slam and the Heiny.

    Of course, the next time Leinster come to Ravenhill, I hope we kneecap the stuck up, Dublin 4, Blackrock Boy, ladyboy knut, but today was a day to leave provincial rivalries aside…

    Now, let’s hope an Irish-dominated Lions (with a little help from our Welsh friends, Dewi) carve those Boer bastards in two on their home turf…

  • Aideen

    Musha boyo wouldn’t Cork, like, be in Munster?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    After another super-fantastico day for Irish rugby have moved across tae Glasgee – navigating between the 2 tribes in their respective bars – not looking good for the good guys though.

    Leinter Joke: Lunster someone from Leinster who supports Munster.

    Munster Joke: Cuntster someone from Connacht who supports Munster.

  • dewi

    Sammy – £10 down I believe…keep it on the slate….

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Dewi,

    re. Sammy – £10 down I believe…keep it on the slate….

    Beth?

  • Greenflag

    sammy morse ‘

    ‘carve those Boer bastards in two on their home turf…’

    Not carve sammy – spear . Leinster is from the Irish ‘Muintir Laigheain’ ( People of the long spears /lance ‘

    They apparently lanced a lot back in the old days;)

    Great win all the same . And a great year for Irish Rugby .O’Driscoll deserves it as does the rest of the team

  • dewi

    Sammy – I think I’m £10 down…..Lions Squad and Heineken Cup…..

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Dewi,

    very unfair I know as SA are favourites – but double or quits on Lions series – you get the draw(generous or what?) – I go with SA.

    If any of Wales’s funny Princes turn up at this event or any war-mongering-spin-dcotors then I will be hoping I win this bet.

  • Thanks you very mach.

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