BAD DAY

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY WORLD CUP -

For those of us hop­ing the way in which the emerg­ing na­tions have per­formed at this World Cup will make a dif­fer­ence in the years be­tween this tour­na­ment and the next one in 2019, if the anal­y­sis of Jebb Sin­clair, Canada’s back-row for­ward proves ac­cu­rate. One of many in­di­vid­ual play­ers whose sport­ing ca­reers have been trans­formed by rep­re­sent­ing a Tier Two side on the in­ter­na­tional stage, he is now play­ing for Lon­don Ir­ish in the English Premier­ship. How­ever, he be­lieves his na­tional side and oth­ers at the same level con­tinue to be ill-served by the sport as a whole. “Four years ago in New Zealand it was ex­actly the same ar­gu­ment but noth­ing has changed,” he told the BBC web­site. “Ev­ery­one went on a cam­paign af­ter the 2011 World Cup and were tweet­ing and writ­ing ar­ti­cles about it, but once again it all faded away.” His side hav­ing failed to reg­is­ter a win at this tour­na­ment he ex­pressed the hope that there will be an im­prove­ment in their fix­ture list in the next few sea­sons. “We played Scot­land two sum­mers ago and Ire­land be­fore that, but that was dur­ing a Bri­tish Lions tour when they weren’t at full strength. If we get two or three of those games a year you would no­tice dras­tic im­prove­ments,” he reck­oned.

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