Provincial bias, Contracts, Furniture and Pay Scales

With a tear in my eye it is time to put the green jersey in the wash and it is time to switch back into provincial mode. My beautiful retro blue jersey with an extra starched, standing at attention collar is ready to be worn again with obnoxious and loud pride.

But this morning has been spent looking at our neighbours from the west. Munster rugby has been in the headlines lately. Managing a debt on the stadium and the bleed of players is taking a headline above the play on the pitch.

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November wrap up, the old old enemy and the future

And so it with a tear in my eye that I say goodbye to the November internationals of 2017. My favourite part of the sporting year is over again. Last year we have the All Blacks initiating gang war on the turf of Lansdowne road to close it off, this year we had a professional and stubborn Argentina side in our closing match.

Going into the game and after team selection I thought Ireland would run over the visitors. I thought that the mixture of experience around the team with the new caps would prove too much for a weary, well-travelled Argentina side who would want to go home and sleep for a while.

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November Internationals, The other old enemy, Sending a message and newbies.

And here we go!

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The final weekend of my favourite part of the rugby calendar is upon is and it has been massively positive for Ireland but we come up against the other old enemy this weekend, the 1 team that I cannot emotionally handle losing to anymore, the well-traveled Argentina.

Argentina comes in to this match at the end of a season where they have added more flyer miles than a Ryanair pilot on their frequent flyer card. An ageing team along with a massive amount of long haul flights (over 50 this year) may result in a wilting team. But they want to finish their season on a high; they always want to put one over Ireland. In 16 meetings, Argentina have only won 6 but they have won 2 of the important games in the world cup and these always stick in the craw.

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