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Rugby Fans Furious At South African Journalist Over ‘Irish Barbarians’ Tweet

South African rugby journalist Brenden Nel was not happy with his country’s performance in their 38-3 hammering at the hands of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The Springboks were beaten in every area of the pitch at Lansdowne Road in what was a shocking day for the tourists.

However, something that caught the eye of the South African press was the amount of non-Irish born players lining out for Joe Schmidt’s side.

To be fair to Nel, he did not offer this as an excuse, the writer fully conceded that Ireland were the better team.

However, there was a dig at Schmidt’s men, who he called the ‘Irish Barbarians’:

The notion of the IRFU bringing in players to the provinces solely to get them in the green of the national team is something Nel takes issue with:

This led to many angry responses from Irish fans, who accused Nel of sour grapes in the wake of the heavy defeat:

Some were quick to point out that South Africa also benefit from the controversial ‘residency rule’:

However, Nel wasn’t the only one to point out the overseas-born players playing with Ireland – and the positive impact they have had on the side.

For what its worth, Nel has added that his comments were merely against the rule and not a particular dig at the Irish team:

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