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The 8 Classic Opinions Of The True Connacht Rugby Fan

The 8 Classic Opinions Of The True Connacht Rugby Fan
By Conor Neville

We've looked at the classic opinions of the Munster rugby fan, here are some opinions frequently expounded by supporters of the western province.

1. I'd prefer if he went to Bath


Whenever some young lad makes enough waves in the Sportsground to attract the attention of the Dublin media, it usually serves to hasten his departure.

If the young lad must go, Connacht supporters would prefer he get as far away possible, but most don't get their wish.

2. There are four provinces in Ireland


A truism which many Connacht fans feel obliged to point out, sometimes at the end of articles which explicitly refer to the performances of Irish teams in the Champions Cup (but, how and ever)...

More of a fact than an opinion.

3. *Something negative about Neil Francis


Irish rugby's most fearless provocateur is unpopular among the fans of Munster, Ulster, Connacht and Leinster. And Ireland. The glory of Franno is that he doesn't care.

Many of the hostile comments hark back to Franno's playing days, when he was widely perceived as the Irish second row equivalent of Dimitar Berbatov. Talented but frequently disinclined to bother his hole.

For all that he still played in three World Cups and went on a Lions tour. His provincial critics rarely mention these achievements. Usually, they refer back to some obscure, mucky day from the late 80s/early 90s when Franno's alleged lack of moral fibre was on show. As John Giles might put it, he just didn't fancy it.


Recent classic from Mary Hinge on the Connacht clan website.

He was humiliated and bullied during a club game game in Ballina towards the end of the '80's when his galactico Dublin club lost to the locals and Francis was outmuscled and just didn't want to know. He's never forgotten that, and that colours his writing.

4. The IRFU don't care about the game west of the Shannon


George Bush allegedly didn't care about black people (an allegation that he strongly refuted in his book) and the IRFU don't care about the game west of the Shannon.

5. Everything is Leicester this and that


Many Connacht fans, like many people in general, are fed up with the prevailing habit of comparing everything unexpected in life to Leicester City's current charge for the Premier League title.




6. Eric Elwood = legend who flew the flag when it was unfashionable

Of course, he had to go to Lansdowne to get an Ireland cap. As soon as he arrived, the losing streak ended.

In results terms, Elwood was the most successful Irish outhalf of the 1990s. This is not a lofty title but still... The closest Ireland came to respectability in that benighted decade was during Elwood's spell in the 10 shirt.

We'd lost 11 games in a row before Elwood was given his chance in Cardiff in 1993. We proceeded to win the last two games of that year's Five Nations.

7. "That fucker wanted us shut down"

Whenever someone utters a contrary opinion about Connacht rugby, his stance during the 2003 debate is thrown back at him. The aforementioned Neil Francis

The aforementioned Neil Francis and the former coach George Hook had their names blackened forever by their stance on the axe Connacht debate. They don't forget.

8. Ray McLoughlin was the greatest scrummager 

Even those people who know nothing about the scrum talk confidently about McLoughlin's brilliance as a scrum technician. He was an unbelievable scrum technician, so he was. Technician.

By acclamation, the finest Connacht rugby player of all and one of the greatest Irish rugby players in history.

Read more: Eight Things That Every Munster Fan Knows To Be 100% True

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