Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
27 Sep 2021
9:11 am

Blue Bulls’ performance at the Aviva mirrors SA vaccination rollout

Jennie Ridyard

When Aviva is not hosting global rugby matches, the stadium doubles as a mass vaccination centre for people in and around Dublin.

Ireland's full-back Hugo Keenan (C) is tackled by France's centre Arthur Vincent (L) and France's wing Damian Penaud (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Brian Lawless / POOL / AFP)

Did you watch the Blue Bulls playing Leinster on Saturday? Chances are you were more focused on another match (the Bokke) but if you did, you might have admired the Irish stadium where the Bulls played, called the Aviva, or Lansdowne Road by old Dubliners. Well, that’s “my” stadium. On Friday, I sat alone in the Aviva and admired the work the grounds people had done prior to the match: the rugby posts were up, the sprinklers were going, the pitch was a perfect plaid of shadowed green, the big screens were testing footage, and I was high up in...