Today was the official launch of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, and while we got the lowdown on the state of the teams from their coaches and captains, rugby was not the only topic on the agenda.
Roy Keane somehow managed to work himself into the conversation at the launch, proving once more that the enigmatic Corkman is also a big draw outside of the footballing world.
England head coach Eddie Jones spoke about the memorable visit Roy Keane gave to the English team prior to the 2019 World Cup.
“Well, he’s one of the funniest blokes I’ve ever met. He’s inspirational but his stories are incredile, mate. I remember our coaching staff spent about an hour with him and he had us just laughing and laughing and laughing.
“Then he spoke to the players and he was equally as funny. He was certainly one of the most memorable guys we have had in, obviously a very good player and a tough guy in terms of the way he played the game. A great raconteur of football stories so we would be happy to get him in again.”
Much like Roy Keane, Eddie Jones is also a box-office draw himself at times, and is frequently stirring up controversy with his often bullish manner.
However, he was in a chirpy mood at today’s launch, although when pressed for his views on the Irish game he was coy and did not want to reveal too much.
“Sorry to disappoint you mate but I’m not too worried about Ireland at this stage. The only game we are worried about at the moment is Scotland. I obviously watched games and our coaching staff watched their games in the Autumn and we’re pleased they’re doing well (Ireland).
“Andy Farrell is a good mate of mine and I’m glad he’s doing so well we will just make sure that he isn’t doing so well against us.”
Ireland play England Twickenham in week four in what is looking like it will be the best Six Nations in a long while.