As you tune in to Ireland’s clash with France spare a thought for Jacqui Hurley who is having to come to terms with her own personal clash.
The sports presenter is nursing a black eye after an accidental tackle with a basketball left her with an impressive shiner.
Ever the professional, Jacqui isn’t letting the injury get in the way of her hosting duties but she did jump online to clear up the inevitable questions ahead of the game.
Proving to be a good sport, she also couldn’t resist sending herself up. Jacqui shared a picture of her black eye and joked that she ‘always likes to give the makeup artists a good challenge.’
She went on to explain: ‘Covering the effects of last night’s basketball should give them plenty to do. See ye for Ireland Vs France 1.15 pm.’
Her post comes after she pulled a u-turn on her plans to quit her radio show after being offered her dream job.
Jacqui was the first female sportscaster for RTÉ Radio One’s Sunday Sports Show but after 14 years she was ready to move on and wanted to devote more time to her children Luke, eight, and Lilly, five.
She was however lured back to host the station’s high-profile The Sunday Game programme.
‘Working on The Sunday Game was a childhood dream of mine. It’s an absolute privilege to take on such an iconic role and follow in the footsteps of some incredible broadcasters. ‘I look forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.’
Jacqui has also been relishing covering this year’s Six Nations and welcomed Simon Zebo to the panel during the Wales game.