Changing tack slightly and moving away from the oval ball game into the cage and into the world of Conor McGregor. The man who is the most bankable star in the history of the young sport. The man who has brought the sport further into the main stream and has made more money than he could have ever imagined.
And so the festive season is over, the selection boxes have been emptied, turkeys feel safe again and the interprovincial derby’s are over for a few months.
Going into the fixtures there appeared to be a big gap between Leinster and the rest. That appears to have been the net result of the games. But the team closest to them are bringing the biggest surprise.
Sow with the promise of far too much turkey, ham and roast potatoes ahead of us we settle into a festive season of sport. The interprovincial games happen over Christmas and it is a great marker to show where the Irish provinces are, especially coming off a massive international series in November and a double clean sweep in round 4 of Europe.
So as we head into the Christmas break waiting until 26th December for our rugby fix after spending time with the family, there is one piece of news from round 4. That being the citing of 2 players. Cian Healy and Manu Tuilagi. 1 offence was by an Irish province the other was done to an Irish province. Let’s have a look at both and the possible outcomes of the hearings taking place in London today (20/12)
And so we exit the second legs of the Christmas European cup competition as clean as Leinster in the second half from their own 22 against Exeter. Another great weekend for the Irish provinces and another punch to the guts for the rich fat cats of Europe.