All going to plan, the October 11th meeting between Ireland and France will be the decider to see who tops RWC Group D. Perhaps Joe Schmidt should take a leaf out of the French book in order to put a spring in his men’s step.
On January 25th 1930, the French arrived in Ravenhill for a Five Nations clash accompanied by a barrel of the finest Bordeaux, which was duly served up on the sidelines ahead of kick-off by a smiling man in a beret. The Irish players and supporters in the stands looked on astonished, yet were left stony faced as the merry men from France were victorious 5-0.
Being such a success, it’s hard to understand why a pre-match tipple of your favourite claret has not become de rigeuer for team warm-ups! It would certainly get more people playing rugby!
Despite losing the game 85 years ago, the Irish had the last laugh after another barrel was “borrowed” from the French team hotel, leading to some very tasty drowning of sorrows in Belfast that night.