More xenophobic nonsense from the Independent’s resident hick hack, but the real highlight is – of course – yet another gratuitous plug for Dolphin RFC. Oh, haven’t you heard? The hooker on the Irish U20s is from Dolphin, Fergburger’s club. Better find a way to get that in somewhere.
“It is hard to imagine that home-grown hookers such as Sean Cronin, Mike Sherry, Damien Varley or the increasingly impressive Niall Scannell will be breaking out the champagne when Strauss qualifies.”
The IRB regulations regarding residency are what they are. That the IRFU have moved to address perceived weaknesses in the depth chart by bringing in project players isn’t illegal. It might be perceived as ethically dubious … but then some people might take that line on giving shout-outs to your local club in a national newspaper at every opportunity.
There are plenty of other young hookers who might feel the pinch as well, like 20-year old Niall Annett, who picked up 18 Irish U20 caps in two years and captained the team to the Junior World Cup in 2011; or 23 year old Heineken Cup-winner Jason Harris Wright, now at Bristol; or Connacht’s 22-year old Dermot Murphy. But f*ck it, they’re not from Munster, so they don’t get a namecheck.