Northern Ireland rugby team is really a non-starter
Published 10/10/2007 | 08:16
Although Eddie O'Sullivan's selection decisions were abysmal during Ireland's showing in the Rugby World Cup, William McCullough's opinion that Northern Ireland should field its own rugby team is a non-starter (Write Back, October 3).
The present 32-county Irish team struggles to compete with the New Zealand, Australian, South Africa, England and Argentina teams.
A Northern Ireland rugby team would be played off the park by the aforementioned sides.
I, like many other Irish rugby fans, knew Ireland had a near impossible task in defeating Argentina by the required number of points and denying them a bonus point.
In some ways I was pleased they did not advance to the quarter finals, where they would have faced the All Blacks and most likely it would have led to a cricket score in New Zealand's favour.
As for O'Sullivan's selection decisions, I, like other Irish rugby supporters, am calling for his resignation.
But I do support the coach in not selecting more Ulster players.
The plain fact is, with the exception of a hooker, backrow and centre/wing three-quarter, there are none good enough to be in the starting team.
I also note that many players the coach selected for the four pool games drastically under performed.
Randal MacDonnell, Whitehead