After their 41-12 victory over Connacht on Saturday, Leinster Rugby has apologized after a pro-IRA song was played in their stadium.
After the Wolfe Tones’ Celtic Symphony was played, the apology was given.
Support for the paramilitary Irish Republican sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland, is mentioned in the song’s lyrics.
In a statement, Leinster stated, “A song was played over the PA at the RDS Arena this evening that shouldn’t have been played.”
“Leinster Rugby has taken steps to prevent it from happening again and sincerely apologizes for its use and any offense caused,” reads the statement.
The Football Association of Ireland was fined 20,000 euros
(21,400 dollars) by the governing body of European
After videos of their women’s team singing the same song after their win over Scotland in October to qualify for the World Cup surfaced.
($1 equals 0.9346 euros) (Rohith Nair reported from Bengaluru; Altering by Peter Rutherford)
Yet, the possibilities of that event seem to have subsided with questions arising about whether everything looks good to invite back the ex-Lions scrum half after his boycott in 2019 for penetrating wagering rules.
With a position as assistant coach for the Canada national team, Howley has been rebuilding his career. His contract is believed to be in its final year.
Over the weekend, Wales Online reported that senior WRU officials were against Howley’s return. The Rugby Paper quotes an unidentified source as saying that Howley was no longer in the frame, which you can read about here. It is acknowledged that Rob has put in a lot of effort to rebuild his career. However
It is unclear how that relates to Gatland. The head coach is known for not giving up easily, so if he really wants Howley to be his right-hand man once more, he should make a new plea for him.
Again, Wales Online revealed that former Scarlets and Crusaders coach Mark Jones is one of those being mentioned as potential candidates to fill the vacancy for Wales’ attack coach if Howley is not hired.
On New Year’s Day, fans from all four Welsh regions came together to express their disapproval of the state of the game in Wales to the WRU.
At the two Welsh derbies, the Joint Supporters Group (JSG Cymru), which represents Cardiff, Dragons, Scarlets, and Ospreys supporters’ organisations, organized a coordinated protest and wrote an open letter to the Union.
concurred and a resulting contract freeze and looming pay cap seeing various players leaving or taking into account leaving for France.
The JSG asked for an explanation in an open letter to CEO Steve Phillips and chairman Ieuan Evans as to why the WRU.