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    I know I'm probably opening myself up for getting flamed here, but serious question......... if Rankin was born in Londonderry doesn't that mean Ireland pinched him in the first place??

    And agree with Jack......shouldn't really even be a discussion nowadays, never mind such a prominent one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    I know I'm probably opening myself up for getting flamed here, but serious question......... if Rankin was born in Londonderry doesn't that mean Ireland pinched him in the first place??
    Nah it doesn't. In cricket terms, England represent England and Wales - not the United Kingdom - and Ireland represent the whole island of Ireland - not just the republic. That's why the flag of the Irish cricket team is this:



    And not the Irish tricolour bars.

    I don't see why anyone would flame you for it though; it was a genuine question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Nah it doesn't. In cricket terms, England represent England and Wales - not the United Kingdom - and Ireland represent the whole island of Ireland - not just the republic. That's why the flag of the Irish cricket team is this:



    And not the Irish tricolour bars.

    I don't see why anyone would flame you for it though; it was a genuine question.
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    You should appreciate that no one is digging up some of the comments you've made about Bopara in the not too distant past.
    Yea, finally after those hit chance-laden centuries against West Indies he's managed one against Ireland, only has 129 international caps. What a ****ing hero. Not to forget the way he finishes every big match - like when he got a long hop here:

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    Bopara's finishing in the video almost as good as the commentary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    I know I'm probably opening myself up for getting flamed here, but serious question......... if Rankin was born in Londonderry doesn't that mean Ireland pinched him in the first place??
    Prince EWS nailed it with his answer, although a lot of people born in Northern Ireland would still look to the England cricket team as their national side as opposed to the Irish cricket team, just to confuse things more.

    I don't think Cricketweb is the place to try and sort out the nationality riddle in this country/island though which are probably a good 800 years old!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Decent game between Ireland and Ireland A
    Ireland probably had as many players not born on the island as England had not born within the confines of their country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCC44 View Post
    Ireland probably had as many players not born on the island as England had not born within the confines of their country.
    Aye. Payback for 1988 Euro Championships imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    I know I'm probably opening myself up for getting flamed here, but serious question......... if Rankin was born in Londonderry doesn't that mean Ireland pinched him in the first place??

    And agree with Jack......shouldn't really even be a discussion nowadays, never mind such a prominent one.
    Rankin was born in Londonderry...
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    Anyway, the reason that cricket, rugby etc are played as all-Ireland sides is because the sport in Ireland has always been governed on an all-island basis from Dublin.

    Football is the exception because prior to partition the Irish FA governed from Belfast. After partition the clubs based in the Republic broke away and formed the FAI.

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