O’Driscoll flattened by punch August 17, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery.
Ireland’s rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll was flattened by an off the ball punch yesterday, leaving him with a suspected fracture of his sinus which could rule him out for up to a month. This places him in danger of missing a large part of Ireland’s upcoming world cup plans.
Yesterday’s match – a warm up of sorts – versus French side Bayonne was marred by several scuffles and no less than 5 yellow cards. The Ireland XV ran out comfortable 42-6 winners but the result will not be foremost in coach Eddie O’Sullivan’s mind this morning as his team face a mounting list of injury worries.
Such needless thuggery in rugby really upsets me. Sure, it’s a man’s game and all the rest of it, but there are some unsavoury characters out there. I’ve no problem with hard games and have been involved in many. But dirty play is something just horrible – it’s unfair and it robs teams unfairly of great chances.
Today’s Irish Independent which carries the story as it’s main sports headline, mentions that ex French player Richard Dourthe “gleefully exclaimed … his vengeful motivations in yesterday’s L’Equipe” newspaper … the last time he played for France, O’Driscoll starred in a 15-12 Irish win. Furthermore, this idiot was left on his arse yesterday when Gordon D’Arcy sidestepped him to set up Paul O’Connell for Ireland’s first try.
There seems to be some teams, good and all as they may be at the sport, that will also unnecessarily put the boot in if they think they can get away with it. In my opinion, teams like the All Blacks will not only kick your arse on the scoreboard but also on the field. And the reaction to the “spearing” incident, again involving O’Driscoll, on the last Lion’s Tour would seem to back this up. The French have a streak of this sort of stuff in them too …
Here’s hoping that the Irish captain can make a quick recovery and himself and Shane Horgan can play at least some part in our World Cup efforts.