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Neil Francis Stirs Yet More Outrage With A 'Memorable' Column On Henshaw Incident

Neil Francis Stirs Yet More Outrage With A 'Memorable' Column On Henshaw Incident
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As a controversialist, Neil Francis makes George Hook and even Joe Brolly look rather tame and faint-hearted.

In his Irish Independent column today, he recalled the time he and his (Leinster?) teammates meted out a sound thrashing to a thief they found scavenging through their items in the dressing room.

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In heartily remembering the incident, he sailed unthinkingly into another twitter storm.

The lads were out training while the thief got to work inside. He had already 'done' half the dressing room when the backs returned early to the dressing room.

The thief received a fearful doing. No pity. No mercy. No remorse. He wouldn't be able to shoot heroin into his veins for a good while after that.

Crucially, the incident took place outside the jurisdiction. On the Last Word this evening, Francis insisted that he didn't 'lay a hand on him' and didn't like what happened. He linked the episode back to the Robbie Henshaw laptop business.


The takeaway from the episode was the team were revitalised after this administration of summary justice. Previously, out of sorts and frustrated, they were rejuvenated after doling out this beating. Beating up a thief is, it transpires, great for team bonding.

Twitter may be misleading as a barometer of public opinion. The recent Seanad election confirmed that to anyone who might have doubted it. Franno went on the Last Word where the texts were all supportive.

But the reaction has been hostile.


Aside from a few commenters, who moaned about wet liberals crying foul over the administering of rough justice, twitter has exploded in outrage at Francis's column.



Not everyone is so condemnatory about Francis and his teammates behaviour.

As a rugby player, Franno is underrated (he was a Lion, after all), often by those who disagrees with his columns, curiously enough. But this was funny.

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