Talk about paranoia [img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]
<h2>Trying questions on rugby matters take political slant </h2>
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The saga of the unfortunate international rugby match between Ireland and
Italy at Ravenhill has started me wondering why the Ulster branch should
allow themselves to be bullied by the Dublin management on an issue such as
that of the normal customs of a home game - the flag and the anthem?
I get the feeling that there is much more to this story than we know. For
example, who owns Ravenhill? If not the Ulster branch, then when was it
sold, to whom, and for how much?
Where does the revenue go for the
advertising at the venue?
What happened at a home (Ravenhill)
match in the early 1950s? Did the Munster men refuse to stand for the Queen?
Was an agreement made with the players that never again would an international
be played at Ravenhill?
As a result, there would be no British
anthem or flag. What has the attitude of the men from Munster been to the
British/Ulster men from here? Has any player been accused of sectarian
behaviour against Ulster men? Why does the IRFU insist on the Soldier's Song
at Lansdowne Road?
Has any arrangement been made with the
Republic's government about that anthem?
What money has been paid
by the British Government for Ravenhill or other aspects of rugby activity?
If any, how much has gone to the IRFU? Was there any requirement that the
British national anthem be played at Ravenhill as a result of such funding?
Why are there so few Ulster players on the 'Irish' team?
stinks in Irish rugby - but we will get to the bottom of it in time.