weight of history

11 Ireland v England battles that will be settled once and for all this Sunday

Hold on tight, folks. There’s a whole lot of baggage that goes along with this rivalry.

IRELAND V ENGLAND: in boxing terms you might say that these two just plain don’t like each other*. These two nations have been at one another’s throats since before they even knew what countries were.

This Sunday, all that pent-up historical aggression will be unleashed through the medium of a potential title-decider in the Six Nations. Healy v Cole, O’Connell v Kruis, Vunipola v Murphy, Ford v Sexton…. well, you get the idea. Sunday’s 23 v 23 royal rumble will also decide who gets the bragging rights in the following long-running cross-channel disputes.

1. Wolfhounds v Bulldogs


2. Newgrange v Stone Henge

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3. This big rural soap rumble


4. The optimum colour for post boxes

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5. Aitch v the correct pronunciation, Haitch

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6. Just who is the greatest of the thinking person’s sex symbols


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7. Des v Billo

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8. Ted v Basil


9. Walkers v Tayto


10.  The London Eye…

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…v Funderland

Pretty much the exact same thing.

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11. English Breakfasts v Irish Breakfasts

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Who will prevail?

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