Sensational try from Kevin Penny.
A calendar year rather than a season but either way a good year for Irish rugby. The Six Nations (and the Grand Slam), the scalp of the World & Tri-Nation Champions and the Churchill Cup.
In real terms that means we finished last season with only one loss (New Zealand) and as the top ranked Northern Hemisphere team. We’re currently just below France (by thousands of a point) so if the Kiwis win we move back up to be the top ranked Northern Hemisphere side, and depending what happens in Cardiff we could finish the day as high as third.
Now by my reckoning there’s just one more thing to win this year.
(At the risk of jinxing it by saying it out loud) If we beat the Boks this weekend we will have had an unbeaten year. So no pressure Jonny.
With Luke Fitzgerald out for a while Keith Earls is on the wing, hopefully his Summer with the Lions will act as a nice bit of prep for the Springboks even if his tour was a bit hit and miss and we’ve got the back row that should’ve been in the Lions tests so this game should be a good ‘un.
Especially if Cian Healy manages to pull another run like this out of the bag:
I’m just watching this year’s Currie Cup Final (Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs – absolutely cracking game) and as Fabian Juries came off the bench they showed a clip of his try for the Cheetahs against the Bulls a few weeks ago. Both sublime and ridiculous.
Argentina have been invited to join South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in an expanded southern hemisphere rugby union championship from 2012.
It could still fall on its face but it would be awesome to have Argentina in regular competition, even if the travel is going to be a bitch.
In other news: Family Guy double to woo voters. As awesome as I think it is that this guy is going to have Peter Griffin on his election posters I really think he should watch some Family Guy first. Turns out trying to tap into popular culture for political gain doesn’t always work…