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What we learned this weekend...

Paulie gets in the swing, one Irish international reveals a secret love of tights and a former top-flight defender is remembered in a touching farewell.

EVERY MONDAY WE reflect on the weekend just past and glean the lessons from another instructive few days.

1. Noel Hunt wears tights

Along with Jamie Heaslip and Kanye West, Noel Hunt is the Twitter-user who keeps on giving. The Ireland striker posted this pic of himself on the Reading team bus in his ‘compression tights’.

This graphic evidence and his unfortunate user name – @boyhunt – could see him attract the wrong type of Tweeter. Be careful out here Hunty.

2. Paul O’Connell might well make a Jordan-esque switch to golf when he gets tired of putting his head where you wouldn’t put a sand wedge.

The second row blogged this weekend (does he actually tap it out in a pair of half-rim specs on a little keyboard?) about the sneaky half-round he managed with Keith Woods in front of the BBC cameras at Carton House.

“I have a brand new set of Taylor Made that I have been dying to use – I’ve managed just four holes prior to this – and was pleasantly surprised when I coaxed a five iron to 20 feet on a gorgeous par three. My smugness quickly evaporated when I proceeded to three putt, my first effort barely covering half the distance to the hole.

“I sliced my drive on the par five, a beautiful hole by the river, laid up with a five iron and then failed to keep my wedge shot dry. At that point we had to finish up, which was probably just as well.

“There is a suggestion that we might be based in Carton House for the build-up to the World Cup. Keith Earls summed it up perfectly when he suggested: ‘I don’t know about the World Cup, but we’ll be ready to play in the Ryder Cup!’

3. Dean Richards’ received a lovely send-off

The former Wolves and Spurs defender, who died last week, was honoured by the clubs, their supporters, former colleagues and his family before the insane 3-3 draw. Respect.


4. This cricket thing is a little harder than we thought

Gavan Reilly kindly took us through all the action yesterday as India edged out our boys Beforehand Cricket Ireland sent us this video of Kevin O’Brien trying his hand at golf.

There’s a common theme this week, it seems.

5. Spear tackles still hurt

If you’re Brian O’Driscoll – or Nani – look away now. Rory Sidey has been suspended following his dangerous tackle on Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane in their Super Rugby game in Perth on Saturday.

Our man in Oz, Neil Sherwin, was there too but escaped without a dislocated elbow.

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