It's the social media age. International rugby team line-ups are no longer announced using something as antiquated as player names. Now their Twitter handles are used.
The @IrishRugby team to play @Federugby has been named. #rbs6nations #ShoulderToShoulder pic.twitter.com/BVDftLSFSt
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 5, 2015
It left many wondering who the hell is this @theTOKpirate lad on the bench for Ireland against Italy on Saturday (it's Isaac Boss.)
Today FM's Gavan Reilly, pondered if perhaps Gordon D'Arcy's absence for the match day squad had something to do with the 34-year-old not being on Twitter.
With no Gordon D'Arcy, this might be the first Ireland Six Nations XV who are all Twitter users pic.twitter.com/eGN2imxIHT
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) February 5, 2015
D'Arcy, as Gavan later discovered, is on Twitter.
@gavreilly Is @Gordonwdarcy not good enough for you, huh?
— Peter Kavanagh (@TheKavOfficial) February 5, 2015
Many had speculated that Joe Schmidt might go with the experience of D'Arcy in midfield. It was a blow for him to not be included, though his sense of humour was undented.
@TheKavOfficial @gavreilly Jesus.. Kick a lad when is down why don't you #whatdididotoyou
— Gordon D'Arcy (@Gordonwdarcy) February 5, 2015
And Dara O'Briain certainly enjoyed the moment.
@Gordonwdarcy @gavreilly Now, that is funny.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) February 5, 2015
Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE