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Everybody hurts sometimes. Take comfort in your friends. Andrew Porter began talking about Tadhg Furlong before veering into his own personal struggles. Here was genuine, unlooked for revelations from a 23-year-old who has muscled his way into the conversation about who will be remembered as Ireland’s best player at this World Cup.
You look at Porter, headphones, boomeranging matted hair and colourfully inked skin, you see hefty Samoans pause to admire his frame, and can easily presume so much. Fearless. Macho masculine man in the archaic sense.
It was was a night for laying platitudes at the feet of young Irish men, all but apologising for losing faith in them after the Japan collapse.
Porter’s contribution – increasingly the primary cover behind whoever, Furlong or Cian Healy, fades first – has been unfaltering since the squad landed in dusty Chiba.
“Yeah it’s all I can do, it’s what I’ve been looking to bring to this World Cup especially just putting my best foot forward each game and trying to prove to myself that I’m able to be at this level because you have those days when you’re lacking in confidence. If you’re named on the bench sometimes you might be looking at yourself and asking ‘am I good enough?’”
Hold on. We see doubt in his eyes. Sometimes everything is wrong. These World Cups can be hell, especially when total failure was looming.
“It’s something I’ve struggled with in the last while and it’s something I’v
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