With so much uncertainty surrounding the ever-changing landscape due to Covid-19’s tightening grip, it was diverting to hear about on-pitch matters ahead of the much-anticipated St Stephen’s Day interpro between Ulster and Connacht.
And despite all the background noise, Ulster defence coach Jared Payne was in fairly upbeat mood regarding the return to URC action when Ulster – coming off an impressive two wins from two in Europe – host Andy Friend’s squad who, just over two months ago, thumped the northern province at the Aviva Stadium.
Dan McFarland will be seeking his pound of flesh for that 36-11 result. Though Payne wasn’t for lingering too much on that memory and, instead, was keen to address the continuing rise to prominence of Ulster centre James Hume who produced another top-drawer display in last week’s victory over Northampton Saints.
“He’s …