It is not unusual to see mind games ahead of major sporting contests, but Rory Best and Owen Farrell took the term literally on Wednesday as they played Connect 4 at the Six Nations launch in London.
The respective captains of Ireland and England, who have also played together for the British and Irish Lions, certainly appeared to enjoy themselves as they put their strategic disc-dropping skills to the test.
Farrell was the apparent victor, with Irish Rugby’s official Twitter feed then sharing some amusing post-match ‘analysis’ from Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.
Asked if Farrell’s success represented a bad omen for Ireland, a grinning Schmidt said: “Not really – I think it’s trying to offer them a little bit of false confidence.
“Rory, as a Connect 4 player, I think he’s got real potential. He’s part of a front row of three, so he would have been struggling on that fourth one.”
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 23, 2019
Ireland did, of course, manage a run of five in a row during last year’s Six Nations as they completed a Grand Slam.
They host England in a mouth-watering opening-round contest next weekend, when a battle of far greater intensity than Wednesday’s fun and games can be anticipated.
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