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Today's predictable 'outrage' concerns the sports section of the Sunday Times

Gift? GIFT?!

US IRISH ARE a predictable bunch sometimes. We’re mad for a sing-song and a session, we enjoy the chats about the weather, and we love — LOVE — to be a little bit outraged.

This time it’s the front page of the Sunday Times sports section that has people all wound up.

The splash captures England’s disappointment as Ireland sealed the Six Nations in Paris set alongside a grinning Brian O’Driscoll with the headline “Sacre Bleu: England denied as France gift Six Nations crown to O’Driscoll.”

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Gift? GIFT?! Did you not see that French performance? Easily their best of the tournament etc etc etc…

Here’s the thing. That’s the front page of the English edition and even if the headline is well wide of the mark, it’s pretty normal for it to focus on England’s disappointment rather than the Irish celebrations.

Look, here’s the Welsh front page:

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And here’s the Irish one. The headline? “Last Action Hero: O’Driscoll gets perfect send-off as Ireland beat France to win title.”

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The Sunday Times even went so far as to reword the English edition later on, changing the headline to “England denied as O’Driscoll lifts Six Nations crown in Paris.”

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It’s not that big a deal. There are more important things to worry about, like Gordon D’Arcy’s beard.

Plus do you think this lad is really that bothered?

Brian O'Driscoll celebrate with the Six Nations Trophy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paul O’Connell: ‘I’m so happy for the lads, and for Brian in his last international’

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Niall Kelly

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