So it seems that the conflict between the rugby players and the meeja peoples isn’t actually resolved. Of course, there is nothing about it on the official rugby website apart from in the forums, which are only for members of the supporters club. And even there all the IRFU have said is
The full facts on this have not been made public in the interest of trying to resolve the issue and the IRFU will not be commenting on it at this time.
But, a classy paper at the best of times ;) The Indo are clearly loving it.
For, what has ultimately occurred this week is a shattering of the bond between the players and the supporters – the media are merely the conduit through which this symbiotic relationship is recorded. That bond is a sacred one and has existed for over a century before this week’s events and, undoubtedly, will continue for many centuries to come.
I’m sorry, but wtf? A shattering of the bond between supporter and player. Are you mental? The media is a conduit, yes, but the fact that the rugby players decided not to talk to one reporter is hardly a vow of silence. I didn’t hear anyone moan about freedom of the press when Jack Charlton refused to talk to Eamonn Dunphy. It was the rest of the journalists who decided to walk out on the team.
There is nothing wrong with criticising a team for a poor performance. But that wasn’t what we got on Sat, from all reports Ireland played well, but made errors in the final 15/20 minutes. I didn’t see it of course because it was only shown on Sky Sports. And there is a difference between constructive criticism and bashing.
Also, can someone tell me what a Losser is? Because across the top of today’s Irish Independent is a banner. Half of which is about the World Cup, the other half says “Rugby Row Irish Fans The Lossers. Someone must have spotted the mistake, because there is a different banner showing on the pdf version on the unison site