Matt Williams: Ireland must build on positive rugby of the provinces

Ulster, Munster and Connacht are all following Leinster’s lead in the way they play

Leinster’s Andrew Porter celebrates scoring the second try of the game against Vodacom Bulls with Ross Molony. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Leinster’s Andrew Porter celebrates scoring the second try of the game against Vodacom Bulls with Ross Molony. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Last weekend’s rugby was like catching up with old friends. Familiar faces back at familiar places. Landsdowne Road, Thomond Park and Ravenhill were all rocking. The loyal locals were decked out in their colours, as old times were relived and new stories begun.

The rugby community was rejoicing after what had been so unexpectedly lost, was again found. Bums were back on sanitised seats across cherished rugby cathedrals. The flags and scarves were waved as chants and cheers were sung. The people were back with their tribes as the clans reassembled.

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