The eight time All-Ireland winner Pat Spillane goes in on the former Ireland and Leinster captain Johnny Sexton for his Instagram post, post Rugby World Cup. The Kerry man Spillane was wiring in his piece in the Sunday World and said the following;
I was taken aback by his retirement statement would be the understatement of the month.
He said that four years ago the Irish squad had sat down and spoke about what they wanted to achieve.
“Our main motivation and objective was to inspire the nation. I think we have achieved that. We lost, but we won,” said the statement.
What? We lost, but we won?
This was the most un-Sexton quote ever. It is pure gobbledygook which might be normal coming from some PR guru, but not from a born winner.
Christ, can you imagine Jack O’Connor and the Kerry players telling the Kerry fans “we lost, but we won” after being beaten by Dublin in the All-Ireland final? They would have been ran out of the county if they were foolish enough to make such a statement.
I suppose his statement reflects the stark difference between how Gaelic football (and hurling) is perceived in Ireland compared to rugby.
The rugby fraternity appear to be happy with world rankings and wins in autumn Tests.