Tuesday, 21st August 2018
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It is often said that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan and nothing could be closer to the truth when you look back at last week at two hugely embarrassing failures in the sporting arena. First there was the toe-curling defeat of Ireland to Denmark at the Aviva and the second, no less bad, defeat of the Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. If anything, the latter was somewhat harder to stomach particularly as those in the bid team seemed utterly mystified as to how they hadn't romped home with a win. That was the really embarrassing part of it. It is said that for a small country Ireland has a big reach but sometimes we don't really get it that we're not a big player on the international field. We're not even a medium player these days, we're just small with all that that entails. And that entails accepting failure a little bit more than we'd like to.

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