BRENNAN CALLS A SCRUM AT THE BAR It started with a milk-float in Leixlip. The latest development for Trevor Brennan Inc is De Danann, an Irish bar near the centre of Toulouse, a 140 square metre drinking emporium in three sections. No of"cial opening has taken place as yet, though it's understood a Barnhall delegation is currently paying a visit.
"We've had full houses every night at the weekend so it'll be great if this keeps up, " said the proprietor, whose teammates have celebrated recent wins over Biarritz and Brive chez Brennan. "There's an awful lot of English over here, which is just as well, because you wouldn't want to be depending on the French to be drinking pints. It's in three sections . . . a shop at the front, a sports bar in the middle and then a brewery at the back.
We're opening one section as a restaurant during the day next month."
With the French championship now extended to 32 games, Brennan may have to play absentee landlord. Having worn the number seven shirt in the last two games, he switched to second row for yesterday's meeting with Bourgoin, Leinster's pool opponents in the Heineken Cup. "I'll have the video off to them on Monday, " he said.
OSPREYS AIM FOR THE CHARTS Not content with dominating the early stages of the Celtic League, the Ospreys have also succeeded in ruf"ing feathers with a song that mocks the other Welsh regional sides, their chairmen and their supporters. Okay then, here's a taste, poking fun at the Gwent Dragons and their sugar-daddy, Tony Brown . . .
"They even comes down from the Gwent / Well, half of them . . . the others went / Okey Cokey comes to town / Flashing all his cash around / He puts it in, he takes it out / He likes to wave his wad about / When the tragic dragon puffs / Old Okey says he's had enough."
But Dragons' chief executive Andy Marinos fails to see the joke: "It is totally inappropriate to knock benefactors who have contributed so much to Welsh rugby, " moaned Marinos. "What the Ospreys are doing leaves a very bad taste in the mouth."