Would this have been a record?

Rob Kearney scores on his 50th appearance for Ireland
Had Dave Kearney crashed his way over the line – as he so nearly did – for a try at The Aviva on Sunday, we’d have been asking the question: Was this the first time two brothers scored tries for Ireland in a championship match. Earlier, big brother had done the business.

Had Dave Kearney crashed his way over the line – as he so nearly did – for a try at The Aviva on Sunday, we’d have been asking the question: Was this the first time two brothers scored tries for Ireland in a championship match. Earlier, big brother had done the business.

Anyone for the O’Flanagans, or the Wallaces, or whatever other siblings lined out together in the green jersey?

It didn’t happen in this game, but the way those two former Cooley Kickhams are playing, don’t bet on it not happening this season, or maybe the season after that.

And mention of bets, that docket I was given in celebration of me passing yet another milestone a few weeks and is neatly tucked away might just have gained in value as a result of the weekend activity on the rugby field.

It’s for a double, coupling Bob’s Worth, a contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Ireland (to win the Six-Nations). Wales, chasing a three-timer, weren’t overly impressive in the defeat of Italy, and England, the favourites, were knocked back at the Stade Francais, mugged in the last few minutes.