Johann van Graan is planning a revolution in the provincial hierarchy and there would be no better time to rally the downtrodden Munster masses, storm the palace gates of the RDS on Saturday and overthrow Irish rugby’s ruling elite.
The IRFU is set to pocket a very welcome seven-figure sum as a result of Munster’s and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final successes over the weekend with the eventual figure possibly stretching as high as €2m.
Sad-looking southerners shuffling about in dribs and drabs were everywhere in Manchester city centre on Saturday. They already looked beaten, and shrunk under the catcalls of locals. But enough of Conservatives attending their Party conference; how were the Super Eagles?
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland should take note — All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett is on a different planet right now and might be even better than three-times World Player of the Year Dan Carter, New Zealand rugby pundits have said.
That abrupt White Hart Lane end to Chelsea’s winning run will not change the club’s thinking in the January transfer window. But manager Antonio Conte hopes John Obi Mikel will be the last Chelsea player tempted by Chinese riches.