By Mark Jones
DUBLIN – Ireland’s rugby tour of South Africa is now almost certain to go ahead after an uneasy peace broke out between the South African Rugby Football Union and the ANC-backed, National Sports Council.
The NSC had been calling for the cancellation of Ireland’s tour because of continuing racism in SARFU’s policy. However, since the resignation of SARFU President Louis Luyt last weekend, the seven-game itinerary is back on schedule.
Irish captain Keith Wood, who initially withdrew from the tour complaining of fatigue, has now made himself available for the last five matches following the withdrawal of Ross Nesdale.
However, injury and fatigue have ruled Jeremy Davidson and Eric Miller out of contention for the tour, which includes two test matches against the reigning World champions.
Meanwhile, on the domestic front, Corinthians shocked odds on favorites Galwegians when they won the Connacht Senior Cup by 19-15 in last Sunday’s final in Galway.
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