Gerry Thornley: Munster’s ‘Red Army’ set for return to big time

Dublin braced for visit of the best supported non-international team in world rugby

For the final of 2008 in Cardiff, those wearing red must have numbered at least 60-65,000 of the 74,417 crowd.

For the final of 2008 in Cardiff, those wearing red must have numbered at least 60-65,000 of the 74,417 crowd.

The Red Army are back, and it’s good to have them. So say the Dublin hoteliers, restaurants, bars, taxi drivers, tournament organisers et al.

When one considers the impact on attendances which the Irish provinces had on the quarter-finals, and that less than 39,000 attended the two semi-finals in their absence last year, it’s clear the tournament needs the Irish as much as the Irish need the tournament.

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