We’re really struggling to know how to feel about Ireland in this World Cup. When they played Bangladesh the other day, they were the underdogs, but Bangladesh are underdogs at Test level. Do we support the underdog on the day or our long-term underdog?
For England v Ireland, we’re obviously supporting England, but we don’t seem to want to see Ireland thrashed like we might if the same teams were playing each other at another sport – rugby, say.
Like everyone in the North-West of England, we have a few Irish ancestors somewhere along the line. You’d think that might have some sort of influence on us, but we’ve seen enough Americans claiming to be “Irish” even though they’ve never so much as visited the country that we will never EVER go down that route.
Roll on Ireland v South Africa. We need some certainty in our life.