David Erwin is head of capital markets at Cushman & Wakefield and a passionate follower of Irish rugby
I think I may need a lie down. As a child of the 1970s, life as an Irish rugby fan was very simple. Light the fire, tune into the Beeb (or RTE's Fred Cogley if you were lucky) and watch the spring unfold with very little by way of expectation. You knew Wales would smash you home and away, Bob Hiller would scrape a lucky win for England, France would hammer you in Paris (Ireland never won in the Parc de Princes) but wouldn't always turn up in Dublin and it was 50/50 with the Scots. So we travelled in hope and it was fun, a journey of glorious failure with occasional highlights so as not to let hope vanish completely.