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Saturday 30 August 2014

No plans to cap O’Driscoll’s dad, says IRFU

Laura Butler

Published 17/06/2014 | 07:45

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The IRFU has no plans on awarding Brian O'Driscoll's father Frank caps for the 1970 tour of Argentina
The IRFU has no plans on awarding Brian O'Driscoll's father Frank caps for the 1970 tour of Argentina

Rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll will be disappointed to hear that the IFU has “no plans” to award his father Frank with two official caps for Ireland 44 years after he toured for his country.

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Brian took to his social networking page to petition for recognition of his father’s time in a green jersey in 1970, when Frank travelled with the international squad to Argentina.

The doctor, who managed 35-year-old Brian’s off-field dealings throughout his career, lined out in two Test games in South America but was never officially honoured with a cap for either of the matches played.

Recently retired O’Driscoll, who played for his club and country for 15 years before hanging up his boots last month, took to his Twitter page to appeal for acknowledgement of his dad contribution to the sport.

“Congrats to all the new caps on tour,” O’Driscoll wrote online.

“In 1970 Ireland toured Argentina with one Frank O’Driscoll. Two Tests, no cap. IRFU need to put it right,” he added.

However, it’s not looking likely that Frank will follow in his son’s footsteps as a capped Irish player.

A spokesperson told the Hearld that they have no plans to re-evaluate Frank’s situation.

“Non-capped international matches have been an element of rugby for decades and used as recently as November 2012 when an Ireland XV took on Fiji in Thomond Park,” the spokesperson said.

“While the practice is reviewed periodically, there are currently no plans to award caps to such matches.”

He added that reviews only take place when a non-capped match is proposed.

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