Ireland’s Tears

The funeral of Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley takes place tomorrow at St Flannan’s Church with the Burial afterwards at Relig Núa Cemetery, Killaloe.

The outpouring of genuine grief for a man taken long before his time stretches far beyond the shores of the Emerald isle – they are testament to just how much this man of Munster and Ireland was loved and admired.

He belonged to Munster but was known far beyond that Province

The tributes have been many and heartfelt – none more so than this from hard man Peter O’Mahony –

Tomorrow will be a difficult one for his family and close friends and the rugby world will metaphorically fill the pews of the small church.

It will also be a tough day on Saturday when Munster play Glasgow in Limerick – for the squad, management and fans. The atmosphere is always charged at Thomond, on Saturday it will be more emotional than ever – for the players of both sides, the fans and the many thousands watching on TV.

It will be saying goodbye to a big big man – and everyones thoughts will be with his family

Slán Abhaile Axel RIP


The Whistle Blower

I mentioned yesterday that Nigel Owens is in charge of the third Bledisloe at Eden Park on Saturday – he will extend his own record of test matches to 74 and almost certainly the new unbeaten record for the All Blacks. Both sides will be pleased that they’ve got the best ref in the world blowing the whistle.

He arrived in New Zealand earlier this week and has been giving his views on a wide range of rugby and personal matters –


He is open and honest about very personal matters and is not afraid to talk about the problems he sees in rugby currently –

He also talked about the good things –

“After the final, David Pocock came up and shook my hand and said, ‘Nigel, thanks for the great game’.”

“You know a guy, who just lost out on winning a World Cup medal, finds time to come up and tell you that.

“Just after that, Jerome Kaino came up and shook my hand and this guy had just won the World Cup.

“He said, ‘Nigel, thanks very much. I watched your programme last night and I thought it was brilliant. I think you’re a credit to the sport and you can be very proud of yourself’.”This guy has just come up and shook my hand, he should be running around the field with his teammates and celebrating winning a world cup.

“So when people write or tell me there are issues within rugby or sport, no doubt there are issues, but I can honestly say, that I only have huge admiration.”

He even found time to audition for ‘Wales has Talent’ –


He’d probably win too!

Being a respected and popular referee is a very tough ask – Nigel makes it look easy!



No Brainers

Despite everything that Donald Trump has said and done he continues to have the backing of nearly half of Americans ffs!

This would be hard to understand if you didn’t know which half –

I know – how can anyone be that stupid?

These people make Joey Essex look like a black belt Mensa genius!

I really can’t believe that Trump can actually be elected president – although, truth is I never thought over half of our lot would seriously vote for ritual kami kaze


The Comic Strip

Mourad Boudjellal, the owner of Toulon made his fortune publishing comic books and is now about to strip himself of the club by knocking it out to new owners.

He is apparently in advanced talks with a lawyer and a French film producer for them to take over (you couldn’t make this up!)

Mourad has invested some £10 million in the club since he bought it a decade ago and owns 51% plus the ‘Red and Black’ business which looks after the club’s four boutiques and two brasseries.

According to French newspaper Midi Olympique there is another discussion between the Comic, the movie man and Brief on Thursday and the deal could be done by the end of the month.

Mr Boudjellal has some form for wild and unexpected gestures – last year he put his whole squad up for sale after they lost a home game to racing –

He has of course delivered some considerable success, via a big pot of Euros, with the Champions Cup arriving in Stade Mayol for three successive years.

Is this for real? No one seems to be sure – especially since he has already supposed to have ‘splashed’ out on Chris Ashton and Israel Dagg is also rumoured to be on his way to the South of France.

It’s understood that Ma’a Nonu and Bryan Habana have been discussing contract extensions with Mourad too.

Hardly looks like the act of a bloke about to jump in his Spideymobile does it?

But then you never can tell with Mr Boudjellal.

Holy crap Batman


Steyn Remover

I think it’s appropriate that the world’s best ref is going to be in charge of the third Bledisloe Cup game in Auckland on Saturday.

Nigel Owens will oversee the All Blacks attempt to create a new record of 18 consecutive wins and you can bet he’ll take no nonsense from either side.

One record that will be extended is Nigel Owen’s own – this will be his 74th test a record he set in June with his 71st match officiating in Suva (Fiji v Tonga)

He demonstrated his complete control on the field again last weekend in the Champions Cup game at Franklin’s Gardens –

Francois Steyn tried to put the kicker, Stephen Myler, off when he charged forward shouting “miss it”.

Nigel gave him a right bollocking and ordered the kick to be re-taken.

It’s good to know that blokes like Nigel Owens still set the standards for rugby.

Myler kicked the conversion at the second attempt – without those 2 points Montpellier would have forced a draw and another point! Serendipity or what?

Proper job Nigel!




Aussie Rules

Airdy sent me this letter from a bloke trying to renew his passport.

It’s worth a read – which is not something I say often about Airdy’s stuff.

 AUSTRALIAN LETTER – I think the sender might have been upset!

This is an actual letter sent to the DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Immigration Minister.  The Government tried desperately to censure the author, but got nowhere because every legal person who read it couldn’t stop laughing !

Dear Mr Minister,

I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.

How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and knows that I bought a television set and golf clubs and condoms from them back in 1997, and yet the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born
And on what date ?

For Christ sake, do you guys do this by hand ?

My birth date you have in my Medicare information, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 40 years.

It is also on my driver’s licence, on the last eight passports I’ve ever had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off planes over the past 30 years.

It’s also on all those insufferable census forms that I’ve filled out every 5 years since 1966.

Also… Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Audrey, my father’s name is Jack, and I’d be absolutely bloody astounded if that ever
Changed between now and when I drop dead !!!

SHIT! What do you people do with all this information we keep having to provide?

I apologize, Mr. Minister. But I’m really pissed off this morning.

Between you and me, I’ve had enough of all this bullshit!

You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my bloody address!

What the hell is going on with your mob? Have you got a gang of mindless Neanderthal arseholes working there!

And another thing, look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I can’t even grow a beard for God’s sake. I just want to go to New Zealand and see my new granddaughter.  (Yes, my son interbred with a Kiwi girl).  And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether or not I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? In the unlikely event I ever got the urge to do something weird to a sheep or a horse, believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other side of Sydney , and get another bloody copy of my birth certificate – and to part with another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN INFORMATION!

Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot, to assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day?

Nooooo…that’d be too bloody easy and makes far too much sense.

You would much prefer to have us running all over the bloody place like chickens with our heads cut off, and then having to find some ‘high-society’ wanker to confirm that it’s really me in the goddamn photo! You know the photo… The one where we’re not allowed to smile?…you bloody morons.

Signed – An Irate Australian Citizen.

P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone in ‘high-society’ to confirm that it’s me?

Well, my family has been in this country since before 1820! In 1856, one of my forefathers took up arms with Peter Lalor.  (You do remember the Eureka Stockade!)

I have also served in both the CMF and regular Army for something over 30 years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security clearances. I’m also a personal friend of the president of the RSL…Lt General Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year.

However, your rules require that I have to get someone “important” to verify who I am; you know…someone like my doctor – WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BLOODY PAKISTAN!…a country where they either assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers – and are suspended from the Commonwealth and United Nations for not having the “right sort of government”..

You are all pen-pushing paper-shuffling bloody idiots!

God help Rich when he has to renew his Aussie passport and explain that he’s really a pom and has a burgundy coloured one too!

The bit on the immigration form you have to fill in when you arrive in Oz that I love is the question – “Do you have a criminal record”

I always wanted to answer “I didn’t know it was still a requirement”. Sadly, Terry always stopped me – no sense of humour that girl!