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Video: Neil Back pranks three plucky Irish rugby fans with priceless sting

Published 17/04/2015 | 17:48

Neil Back reads out some of the messages he received
Neil Back reads out some of the messages he received

Three Irish rugby fans were the victim of an elaborate prank involving the man who cost Munster victory in the Heineken cup in 2002.

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The phone number of former England and Leicester star Neil Back, who infamously slapped the ball from the hand of Peter Stringer when Munster were beaten in the European decider 13 years ago, was purposely leaked online.

He got some not very nice text messages but he had something in store for three of them.

Find out what happened below:

Speaking about his role in the video, and subsequent accidental fame, rugby fan Eamonn Dromgoole remarked; “I texted what I thought was Neil Back’s number for the craic - I thought a bit of banter would be no harm.  Little did I know what I was getting myself in for. Looking at myself in the video now is hilarious - at the time, I thought I was totally pulling it off.  Fair play to the lads in Heineken, they nailed it”.

The stunt was created by Heineken to unveil #RunWithIt, a campaign that calls on fans to embrace the unpredictability of European rugby to be in with a chance of winning some amazing, money-can’t-buy prizes. To be in with a chance to win a VIP trip to this season’s Twickenham finale, simply visit and tag your friend who would be most likely to #RunWithIt if they ended up in a tricky spot.

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