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Ireland's Six Nations fixture list is 'unacceptable': Tom McGurk and George Hook hit out - 'You wouldn't treat animals this way'

Published 08/02/2016

George Hook and Tom McGurk have hit out at the “cruel” Six Nations fixture list that sees Ireland take to the field six days after yesterday’s bruising encounter with Wales.

Joe Schmidt’s men, already depleted, secured a 16-16 draw in a tough game that saw Keith Earls withdrawn with suspected concussion while Johnny Sexton also picked up a knock.

Ireland will travel to France next Saturday and McGurk insists that the players are being treated like animals by the people who run the game. 

Speaking on’s live stream with George Hook and Mick Quinn, McGurk said: “Considering what those bodies have been through this afternoon, the people who run this game and the people of the Six Nations expect those guys to perform in six days’ time all over again?

“That is cruel, it would be cruelty to animals if you did it to them. It is exceptionally cruel and unacceptable and it is being driven that way by the demands of television listings and the demands of the club owners and it is not acceptable George.”

Hook responded: “There is a real morale dilemma for people who watch this game now. Do we, like ancient Romans, watch a sport which is essentially beat the hell out of each other or do we watch a sport which is about skill and talent.

“I think we are going in the wrong direction. You are right. Six days is absolutely unfair.”

Irish Independent

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