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Use Of NotMyCaptain Hashtag Spreads Ahead Of France Game

Use Of NotMyCaptain Hashtag Spreads Ahead Of France Game

The ongoing rape trial of Ulster's Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding  has cast a shadow over Ireland's preparations for their Six Nations game today against France.

In particular, the decision of Ireland captain Rory Best to attend Wednesday's court proceedings in Belfast - the day the plaintiff provided detailed testimony about the alleged rape that occurred at Jackson's home in June 2016 - has provoked much debate and consternation.

Best and Ireland coach Joe Schmidt have chosen not to comment about the matter, but there is continuing disquiet on social media over Best's choice to attend the court hearing ahead of Ireland's game today in Paris.

Over the last 36 hours, the #NotMyCaptain hashtag is being used by many who now believe Best's suitability for his role as Irish captain has been compromised by attending the trial.

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A sampling of the pressure Best has come under from Irish fans, the scrutiny is only likely to heighten in the coming weeks. People are also using the hashtag to appeal for calm as the justice system resolves this case.

Arthur James O'Dea

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