The Ireland of 2018 is dead and buried now

At the 2011 World Cup, Rory Best damaged the AC joint in his shoulder in the final pool game against Italy.

It was a week before the quarter-final against Wales, and Best’s injury was a standard five-week job.

Even when the damage was scaled down by medical staff to a sprained AC, a seven-day turnaround was still considered remote at best.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Shaun Edwards asks Wigan for more time to consider his future

Laporte steps up O'Gara chase for France

Edinburgh bank on Barclay as European date looms

‘It’s about taking every minute you can on the pitch. I always do’

More in this Section

Birmingham deducted nine points after breaching EFL financial rules

The major talking points ahead of Republic of Ireland’s game with Gibraltar

Cork's Brian Lenihan tackles mental health at exhibition talk

Striker De Barr tells Republic of Ireland not to underestimate Gibraltar

More by this author

How, and why, everything changes in a single week

Double deflation for Wales if they lose to Ireland and blow Grand Slam

Joey Carbery’s a live test match option now. I wouldn’t have said that six months ago

If Scotland win in Paris, there may be booing…


Has KRIB sounded the death knell for the immersion?

Bake: Delicious recipes with chocolate - the ultimate dessert ingredient

Trend of the week: How to simmer in a boiler suit

Ask an expert: Is my IVF child more likely to have behaviour problems?

More From The Irish Examiner