The opening weekend of the 2012 6 Nations Championship also saw my first opportunity to report from an international rugby match.
While the match failed to live up to expectations for Irish fans the spectacle of having what was in effect a grudge match from last year’s World Cup quarter final meant that on opening weekend of this year’s championship Dublin was the epicentre.
The home fans were expectant of a revival following their disappointing exit in New Zealand and pre-game but ultimately this once more showed the frailties of the Irish squad and indicated that, once again, the challenges facing Ireland at present are actually quite large.
Below are some of my favourite photos from the match, click on them to enlarge. To see more of my photos from this match click here.