Normality and rugby

In the review of the up-and-coming Heineken Cup final, I made the observation that the sports media have been unused to writing about Ulster given the lack of success in recent times.

Player profiles by sports journalists seem to fall into 3 topics; the faith of the players, the foreign players, and the faith of the foreign players.

Now the social commentators have started as well, except they only have one topic – rugby and that protestant/catholic thing in the north.

Starting the ball rolling was Let’s celebrate this ‘normal’ Ulster rugby rising in Monday’s Irish Times, then Ravenhill drawing them from all sides in Thursday’s Irish Times and the Indo got in the act as well with Ulster reaping rewards of peace.

The angle seems to be that rugby seems pretty normal. But this is the north, so that isn’t normal.


Twickenham prepared for Saturday