Eddie O'Sullivan Explains The Strange Tradition Of Kissing In Irish Rugby

Eddie O'Sullivan Explains The Strange Tradition Of Kissing In Irish Rugby

The Munster kiss: former Ireland manager Eddie O'Sullivan says that there is nothing new about CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony's little moment of amour after Munster's win over Glasgow in the Champions Cup at the weekend.

Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander nearly caused us to fall off our seats when they came together in Munster's raucous dressing room after their brilliant victory over Glasgow and pecked each other on the lips in front of the entire squad, to the obvious joy of all their team-mates.

Stander would later reveal that the smooch was part of a 'kiss-and-make-up' ritual the squad have. But according to former Ireland manager Eddie O'Sullivan, the sight of Irish rugby hard men engaging in such amorous behaviour is nothing new.

O'Sullivan was on Off the Ball tonight and shrugged off any fuss about the now-infamous incident.

That's been around for years. We had it in the Irish camp as well, yeah.

It was the money. If you had a row in training it was either a humongous financial fine or you had to kiss the person.

So most people went for the snog...that's been around a long time.

Reports that Paul O'Connell and Donncha O'Callaghan would almost proactively seek out such a 'punishment' are unconfirmed.


O'Sullivan went on to say that Munster's display against Glasgow is a good sign for the province ahead of the rest of the season. After their brilliant recent form they are a lot of people's cheeky bet for European glory in 2017.

The two things about that result is (sic): they dug out the result away from home, against one of the best teams in the league, arguably in Europe. And they had a little bit of luck at the end - which often adds that little bit of spice. 'It's going to break our way...'

Munster are saying, 'It was one of those days when we could have lost it, but we didn't. There's something on here.' And they get that sense of energy. If you could bottle it, you'd win every year. But at the moment it seems to fall that way for Munster.

You can listen to the full Off the Ball show here.

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