Friday, September 18, 2009
The long awaited unveiling of the new Puma Irish rugby jersey took place in Dublin on Tuesday as nine members of the Irish team, including Ireland Womens international Grace Davitt, modelled the range.
The new kit deal is reportedly worth 5 million per annum over the next eight years. Thats huge in rugby terms, and kit will go to the Irish senior and under-age squads.
The design has gone back to the more traditional Ireland colour of Power Green, and comes with a revolutionary double layer construction for rapid evaporation, along with pumaflex stretch panels for great freedom whatever that means.
While Puma have taken the step to position themselves brilliantly in the market, the seriousness of the event was lost on two of rugbys most senior professionals.
As Brian ODriscoll and Paul OConnell stepped forward to be interviewed, Gordon Darcy couldnt control himself, and just at the right moment, broke wind.
OConnell couldnt contain himself, as the fits of laughter made the launch a bit of a joke, but was hilarious to watch. Each time he tried to speak, he cracked up laughing again, until eventually the mic was turned to ODriscoll, who was a bit more composed.
Im glad I didnt hear it, admitted ODriscoll afterwards, lets put it that way, because Im sure I would have reacted somewhat similarly.
Asked if Lions captain OConnell becomes embarrassed easily, ODriscoll joked: Hes half way there already from the reddener point of view anyway with the colour of his head. Once you get in those fits, its hard to stop.
Boys will be boys.
Friday Funnies - A day in the life of Paul O'Connell
Note: Apologies for the poor audio. If we get a better version, we'll be sure to post it.