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Published 12/10/2012 | 17:00

Four years after making his European debut for Munster in October of '98, Donncha O'Callaghan had started just a single Heineken Cup game.

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He was 23 and feared stagnating in a dressing-room dominated by old soldiers with strong personalities. O'Callaghan, essentially, coveted the No 4 shirt worn by Mick Galwey, a man then in his mid-30s, but still utterly committed to the Munster cause.

He decided to phone Wasps coach, Warren Gatland, having been made aware that the former Ireland boss was an admirer. Their conversation didn't dip into any specifics beyond Gatland assuring O'Callaghan that he would be given game-time if a transfer to London happened to materialise.

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