'Players, after games, are reading the most toxic stuff being written'
"The bad thing with social media is that you get @-ed... and you’re notified every single time somebody says something."
Most of us told ourselves, over these difficult past year, that we would be more understanding and kind. Not so quick to judge. And then your favourite team loses or performs badly and it all goes out the window.
In the past few weeks, Irish rugby players have been subjected to some horrendous abuse on social media, for their efforts on and off the pitch. The men's national team have copped flak for defeats to France and England - with some players subjected to threats of violence - while some women's players have been abused for having the temerity to provide quality match coverage as part of an all-female panel on TG4.
On House of Rugby Ireland, hosts Ian Madigan and Eimear Considine revealed some of the shocking abuse they and their teammates have been subjected to.
LISTEN to the full story (from 45:00 below) and hear how one player discovered a slew of hateful comments on a supporters' message board:
A few other interesting topics were discussed over the course of the latest House of Rugby episode, including:
- Clubs targeting Pacific Island rugby prospects as young as 11 and 12 for moves abroad
- Why Ireland internationals Bundee Aki and Sene Naoupu consider themselves as 'Irish Pacific Islanders'
- Busking in Scotland to raise money for a struggling player
- A preview of Ireland's upcoming Autumn Nations Cup clash with Scotland
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Season 3 has returned with Ian Madigan & Eimear Considine as hosts, and has already featured interviews with Brian O'Driscoll, Nigel Owens, Sean Cronin, Shane Williams, Mike Brown, CJ Stander, Ugo Monye, Sene Naoupu and Dan Leo.