There's an old joke that does the rounds in rugby clubs from time to time. What do you call the people who hang around with rugby players and try and try make themselves look good? Forwards. Cue riotous laughter from uppity pampered backs. (Granted, that joke works from the other perspective as well but just go with us here)
We can only assume Paul O'Connell has heard it too many times because, at the World Cup welcome ceremony in Burton Town Hall yesterday, the Ireland captain decided to get a lovely little dig in and explain the difference between backs and forwards.
The group have a day off on Thursday and according to Paulie, 'a few lads are going to Alton Towers, a few are going golfing in the Belfry, some boys are going shooting and the backs are going shopping in Birmingham'.
It's Paulie's delivery that really makes it.