THERE WERE SOME unkind words written about the value of the Six Nations, by rugby scribes, before the tournament kicked off.
They argued that the Heineken Cup had surpassed the international fixtures for intensity, passion and skill and was now the premier competition in the Northern Hemisphere.
Try telling that to the Irish and Welsh players, who threw every ounce of their bodies into yesterday’s Six Nations opener at the Millennium Stadium.
Speaking after the game, which Ireland won 30-22, Declan Kidney said, “Fellas didn’t care about themselves out there, they just put themselves on the line.”
Six tries, two yellow cards, a Brian O’Driscoll masterclass and that flick from Simon Zebo. Relive it all now with the match highlights:
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