The sound of booing from eighty thousand French fans could be heard only eight minutes into the opening game of rugby world cup 2007. It's now the day after and I don't think they've stopped yet.
This tournament was supposed to resurrect some pride in a nation still reeling from sporting failures such as losing the bid to host Olympics 2012 and last year's disappointment in the football world cup. They were the bookies' favourites after the (four-more-years-boys) All Blacks. Surely the group is now Ireland's to lose?