Gerry Thornley: Irish welcome in Australian rugby union heartland

Wallabies must compete for coverage while Irish diaspora bring steady, solid support

The Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at Suncorp Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at Suncorp Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brisbane is buzzing, primarily with the State of Origin, and so also in mild shock after the Blues beat the Reds in the series opener in Melbourne last Wednesday by 22-16. But today union took over, if only for a day.

Watching the first Origin game in a casino in Surfer’s Paradise may or may not have been a barometer, but with so many fans from Sydney having moved there, it was surprising to see so many Blues shirts mixing with the maroon of the Reds.

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