Storm Jorge certainly made its presence felt at Thomond Park this evening, the gale force wind more or less ruling out cohesive, well planned football for the participants on the pitch and turning what should have been an entertaining, rewarding couple of hours for the small number of spectators into an exercise in forbearance and patience.
Further evidence of the influence of West Cork rugby in the Munster team has come with the inclusion of Rosscarbery flanker John Hodnett for his first Guinness Pro 14 start — against South African side Southern Kings — at Musgrave Park this evening, kick-off 7. 35.
The chief executives of the Six Nations renewed talks in London yesterday aimed at finalising an offer designed to change the face of the game. Having already forked out some €400m to buy stakes in the English Premiership and PRO14, the private equity firm CVC Partners are willing to pay the Six Nations almost as much again for a share of the tournament’s commercial rights.