Rugby Henshaw enjoying the healthy distractions before World Cup kicks off

Rugby Henshaw enjoying the healthy distractions before World Cup kicks off

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An ordinary man, nothing special nothing grand. Christy Moore rides to the rescue yet again.

If a word of warning comes from Paul O’Connell the Ireland camp should pay heed. It seems that they already have. Speaking to Second Captains at the Electric Picnic, O’Connell contrasted the lack of healthy distractions at the 2007 World Cup with the beer-sipping South African experience on the almost successful Lions tour two years later.

“Adam Jones – you know the Wales prop? – said to me: ‘I’ve been off drink for a year trying to get picked on this tour and since we’ve been on the tour I haven’t been off drink’ and this is a Lions tour now!” said O’Connell. “Warren Gatland, Ian McGeechan and Rob Howley giving out to people if we didn’t go out after games . . . just to bring people together and have a bit of fun.”

The theory to unite enemies in a very short space of time worked. Lore tells us Ireland players have compartmentalised provincial enmities since that moment in 2009 when Rob Kearney spoke in the Enfield mindfields but the point holds, as O’Connell explained: “At the World Cup in 2007 we had to be so professional that we felt we needed a hotel away from the environment. We had a gym that we put into one of the conference rooms. We never got on a bus and drove through the city to have a bit of fun in a public gym.

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“It was just very, very serious. We got

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