By ROBERT STEVENSON
Think of Irish Rugby League and one name comes to mind… Brian Carney.
But to grow a sport in a new land needs more than the fleeting fame of a shooting star – no matter the brilliant trailing flame that the ex-Wigan and GB star left.
For sure, Carney’s exploits raised the awareness of Rugby League in the Emerald Isle, but those green fields across the Irish Sea were still mere outshoots when Brian hung up his boots in 2009.
Rugby League Ireland Chairman, Jim Reynolds, believes that the current state of the greatest game in his home country is a bit like these offshoots, revealing only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
The analogy is one of Jim’s favourite phrases used frequently during a sweeping review of the past, present and future of Rugby League in Ireland.
So, where did it all begin?…