Saturday 24 June 2017

'I was breathing as if my oxygen mask had slipped off on Everest'

Billy Keane

Billy Keane

The fiddle player over in Chicago played 'Ireland's Call' before we beat the All Blacks for the first time ever, after a 111-year wait.

Some of the violin notes were more harrowing than the screams of a man who caught his penis in the zip of his pants, but we still won. Anthony 'Axel' Foley was our 16th man, and Ireland had a masterplan.

The Irish team formed a figure of eight - Foley's jersey number - when the All Blacks danced a particularly intimidating haka. Axel's dad Brendan beat the All Blacks when he played for Munster in 1978. Just after the haka he whispered to Moss Keane, "will we ask them to dance?" Axel lives. His figure of eight inspired his beloved Ireland and for once the Kiwi war dance was no more than small boys whistling in the dark.

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