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Austin Healey And The Welsh: Not The Best Of Friends

Austin Healey And The Welsh: Not The Best Of Friends
By Conor Neville

Austin Healey no doubt considered not gloating about yesterday's resounding English victory over Wales but ultimately thought better of it. His first post-match contribution was to offer this detailed assessment of the Welsh rugby team.

This has rather predictably incited a range of responses from Welsh rugby followers, something we suspect, not that we are wont to accuse people of deliberately stirring it, Healey probably banked on happening before he went on the Twitter machine.

Healey seems to revel in playing the role of the pantomime English villain to his Celtic neighbours. Naturally, a key element of performing this role is to point out at every possible opportunity how English taxes are paying for the Welsh (and Scottish) standard of living. Healey naturally hit this button on Saturday. I suppose its a vote for Welsh seperatism but I'm not sure Plaid Cymru will want to include this in their campaign literature.

Compared to the Welsh, Healey has a relatively rancour free relationship with Irish rugby fans, who he has not baited to quite the same extent. Though his article after Leinster's destruction of Northampton did not go down well. He continued to address the Welsh this morning.

In one of his latest tweets (at the time of writing, there'll be more in this vein by the time you read this), he incorrectly guessed the age of this Pontypridd grandmother in a manner which suggests he does not think much of the living habits of the people of that South Wales town.


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