One of the positives for the Guinness Six Nations taking place in the middle of the Rugby season is that if you haven’t had a great tournament you can quickly shake it off as a player and a fan by getting back to club, or in Ireland’s case, Province.
Michael Cheika was back in Leinster and Dublin this week as part of a special Heineken Rugby Club event in partnership with Off The Ball.
The event took place in front of a live audience at the Olympia Theatre and highlights were broadcast last night on the Off The Ball radio show.
It’s a massive weekend for the provinces with Ulster travelling down to the Aviva to take on the Champions in their own backyard and Munster bound for Edinburgh.
The bizarre twists and turns of Brexit have helped fans dodge a potential nightmare trip to Scotland. Tomorrow was to have been Brexit day and while the Munster team is flying out, the fans charter planes will only go out on Saturday. There had been concerns that the first day after a disorderly Brexit might not have made that the easiest of journeys but that can has been kicked down the road for now.
Coming so soon after the defeat in Wales will be a chance for most of the stars of Irish rugby to shake off Cardiff and put their best feet forward in front of their local fans.
Connacht are in action in the Challenge Cup, away to Sale this evening. That game is on BT Sport, part of the eir Sport pack here, as is the Leinster game. Munster’s match, with the early kick off is on Virgin Media.