Oh, get a life and learn to love rugby

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — I read De­clan Lynch’s ar­ti­cle on rugby (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Novem­ber 25) with dis­be­lief. He ex­cels at be­grudgery. I was born of a trades­man’s fam­ily along with six sib­lings. Ed­u­cated by the Chris­tian Broth­ers, I have played soc­cer, Gaelic foot­ball and rugby in my time and con­tinue to watch all three.

Rugby is my favourite game and I ex­ulted in our first home vic­tory over the All Blacks.

Does that mean, in Mr Lynch’s words, that I am a re­flec­tion of the Irish rul­ing class and that the cul­ture that formed me was one of abun­dance, or does his bias ap­ply only to the pupils of pri­vate schools?

Such schools ac­count for only a small per­cent­age of rugby play­ers and spec­ta­tors and all of those I have met are okay peo­ple — just like the rest of us.

De­clan Lynch should curb his dis­like of rugby and all to do with it, get a life and, for God’s sake, lose his sense of in­fe­ri­or­ity. An­thony J Mor­gan,

Dublin 18

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