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'If They Don't Like It, Tough Luck' - Stephen Ferris Hits Back At The Critics

'If They Don't Like It, Tough Luck' - Stephen Ferris Hits Back At The Critics
By PJ Browne Updated

Since his retirement two-and-a-half years ago and his subsequent move into media work, Stephen Ferris has established himself as one of the more outspoken voices in rugby.

The former Ulster and Ireland backrow worked the New Year's Eve game between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS for Sky Sports.

It was a facile win for the home side. With Leinster leading 17-0 at half-time, Ferris gave a damning assessment of his former team's performance.

No heart, no passion, nobody wanting to get out of the line. We need to wake up.

Speaking to the Irish Mail on Sunday, Ferris said that he doesn't care if he's 'ruffled a few feathers' at Ulster.

I'm not involved in the Ulster set-up and probably never will be. I don't really give two hoots what their opinions are.

I hope Les Kiss doesn't take anything personally. I worked under him for several years with Ireland and he's a decent fella and I hope he does succeed at Ulster.

As an Ulster fan, all I want is to see the team do well but I'm only speaking on behalf of 99 per cent of the people watching TV on the sofa, saying what they are thinking about seeing Ulster under-perform.

Yes, I ruffled a few feathers, might have fuelled a few fires, but if they don't like it, tough luck. I'm still friendly with a lot of the players, but I wear my heart on my sleeve on the TV in the same way I played.

Not content with rugby analysis, Ferris also moved in media criticism by having a little dig a Michael Owen's safety first style of punditry.


I'm a Manchester United fan and you see Michael Owen on BT Sport sitting on the fence every single game. It's about saying what everyone watching is saying, not just sitting on the fence and covering your back all the time.

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