The crap and hypocrisy that is being spouted over Ulster’s recent signing of New Zealand’s Auckland Blues pair John Afoa and Jared Payne seems to have reached unbelievable proportions over the last few weeks.
New Zealand have accused Ulster of wrecking the world economy and no doubt we’ll be blamed for their huge financial deficit from the World Cup along with their early departure at the semi-final stage!
The Irish Independent’s rugby hack Hugh Farrelly joins in with the Ulster baiting while also stroking his ego with a pop at New Zealand. Well even he couldn’t miss the hypocrisy of the New Zealand stance but he couldn’t resist sticking the boot in his least favoured province by fingering Ulster for the failure of young player development in Ireland!
A fair enough argument except for the fact that the arrival of this years South Africans has seen Ulster’s youngsters involved in a relatively successful team at a reasonably high level, enhancing their chances of being involved at International level in the future, and a successful Ulster filled with confident youngsters will only add to a successful Ireland.
However the piece that made me laugh out loud was this piece on rugby blog Born To Ruck,
There is very little to excuse Ulster’s move. Especially when one casts their mind back six years and recalls the All Blacks’ visit to Donegal to promote rugby in the republican parts of Ulster. Latest reports from Letterkenny suggest rugby in the region is still basking in the afterglow of that effort, with literally hundreds of local kids turning out for the local rugby club as opposed to the more traditional sports of Gaelic footy and soccer.
Such sanctimonious twaddle makes me want to go into Father Jack mode from the Bishop Brennan Episode and ring may hands going “We’re So So Sorry!” What a shower of dirty tricksters we are – now would you like me to bend over!
I’m sure in the future a delegation from Ulster/Ireland will be only too happy to visit Auckland to rename Eden Park, Jared Payne Park in commemoration of the legendary Ulster and Ireland player! 😆
Now, how is that Filo Paulo getting on down there?