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If you were watching the France vs Ireland match on Virgin Media last night you would have seen the punditry debut of Rob Kearney alongside the ever-present Matt Williams.
But if that wasn’t you’re cup of tea, chances are you tuned into BBC to watch former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell analyse that game alongside former nemesis Martin Johnson.
In terms of the latter, as always, O’Connell’s punditry was top class. The former British and Iris Lions tour captain is incredibly insightful and understands the game better than most.
But it wasn’t his punditry that had everyone talking last night but rather something a little more personal for some. As he was on UK television, like a lot of other Irish pundits have done in the past, O’Connell wore a poppy.
Something that did not go down well for a huge cohort on Twitter with O’Connell trending for the wrong reasons.
I am a big Paul O'Connell fan and always have been. But he should not wear a poppy. It is wrong. End of story. https://t.co/Mm21bMDdfJ
— Aodan Wrenn (@aodanwrenn) October 31, 2020
Not Paul O’Connell on BBC rugby coverage wearing a fucking poppy
— Clí (@ClionaLou) October 31, 2020
Paul O’Connell wearing a GIANT poppy on the BBC – a large portion of Ireland will be upset
— Harry Leech (@harry_the_hack) October 31, 2020
Never mind the lockdown Paul O’Connell is wearing a bloody poppy #nightruined
— Niamh Moloney (@niamhmlny) October 31, 2020
Absolutely sound bloke, Paul O’Connell. But he’s lost my respect with that.
— richard tauber (@RichardTauber1) October 31, 2020
Paul O’Connell wearing a poppy is a sad day very sad day
— Shane🇮🇪☘️ (@Shane72119605) October 31, 2020
@SixNationsRugby Paul O’Connell wearing the poppy tonight.
It’s always the way with the British Empire . Throw the Irishman a few quid and he becomes a dancing monkey .
Enjoy your dance Paul !#FRAIRL
— First Round Leader (@RoundLeader) October 31, 2020
Not one bit surprised to hear Paul O’Connell is wearing a poppy. That’s the rugby crowd for you.
— Dammit, Marty (@DammitMarty) October 31, 2020
Paul O'Connell wearing a poppy. Says it all
— Noli (@JustNoli1) October 31, 2020
I wouldn’t wear a poppy but, unlike Paul O’Connell, the BBC isn’t paying me.
— Peter 😷 (@pbmosligo) November 1, 2020
Paul O’Connell wearing the poppy 👎🏽
— Darragh (@DarraghL9) October 31, 2020
No matter how we feel about Ireland losing that rugby match and losing the 6 Nations. People will forget about it in a few days. What's Guaranteed is people wont forget Paul O'Connell wearing a poppy on BBC. #Nightmare #SixNations #Poppygate
— Paul Drummey (@pauldrummey) October 31, 2020
What are your thoughts? Do you care that O’Connell wore a poppy?