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Nathan Doak laid down another marker in Ulster’s win over Leinster but Paddy Jackson isn’t likely to join him in an Ireland jersey… I asked the IRFU

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Nathan Doak was impressive again for Ulster. Pic: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Nathan Doak was impressive again for Ulster. Pic: INPHO/Bryan Keane

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Nathan Doak was impressive again for Ulster. Pic: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Pulling the plug on the South African home games for the foreseeable future raised the prospect once again of death by interpro. The Irish solution to a global problem? Dial up the provincial sides for home and away, and home and away. Followed by home and away. It’s as well they are capable of producing rugby that holds your attention, for at the drop of a hat this might be the default.

It was a bizarre day: Munster working their way from Johannesburg to Durban to Cape Town to fly home. Gameless. Having been preparing for their tour for weeks on end, and bringing a party of 48 between players and support staff, to see them through the games against the Bulls in Pretoria and the Lions in Johannesburg, through no one’s fault this turned into a whopping financial pain for a massive amount of time wasted.


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