Gordon D’Arcy: Irish rugby can’t change the past but we can do things differently

This is a new dawn and there’s a chance to genuinely revolutionise rugby in Ireland

Ciara Griffin with her teammates at the Ireland Women’s Rugby Squad Captain’s Run in the RDS, Dublin, on November 19th, ahead of her last game, against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ciara Griffin with her teammates at the Ireland Women’s Rugby Squad Captain’s Run in the RDS, Dublin, on November 19th, ahead of her last game, against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Christmas heralds a time of the year that invites reflection while simultaneously turning thoughts towards the future. It’s about making plans, chock-full of good intentions that are usually a little light on details. The end result is easy to identify, the steps to get there less so.

Those sentiments are applicable to sport, to rugby. The coronavirus pandemic has utterly changed the landscape in every aspect of life, in the way we work and live. We won’t be able to reclaim lost ground and instead will have to evolve.

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