Po­etic jus­tice to win World Cup

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - PAT FITZ­PATRICK

SATUR­DAY, Novem­ber 2, 2019. Ire­land wins the Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan, 17 years af­ter Roy Keane and Saipan. You’d say it was po­etic, if you hadn’t sat next to a rugby team stag party on a flight to Ibiza once, and re­alised that po­etry isn’t re­ally their thing.

We will beat Eng­land in the fi­nal. For­get about the ac­tion on the pitch — all we want is a shot of a fu­ri­ous Prince Harry in the stand mut­ter­ing “text the Royal jet” to his brother. Hope­fully they’ll be dressed in fake ar­mour with a St Ge­orge’s Cross on the front. Rory Best and Co will bring the tro­phy home and ev­ery­one will try and send their kids to feep­ay­ing schools be­cause that’s the best way to get a game for Le­in­ster.

Or maybe they won’t. Hav­ing watched the col­li­sions, peo­ple might de­cide to send their kids else­where. Just as we climb to the pin­na­cle of the game, rugby heads into ter­mi­nal de­cline.

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