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Thursday 18 September 2014

Paul O'Connell eager to keep Admiral Brown at home

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

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Robbie Diack, Ireland. Summer Tour 2014, First Test, Argentina v Ireland. Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Robbie Diack, Ireland. Summer Tour 2014, First Test, Argentina v Ireland. Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Paul O'Connell will be hoping to lift another piece of silverware after a win over Argentina on Saturday and, while he won't cherish it as much as the Six Nations he claimed in March, he'll be keen to have it in his luggage going back. The trophy is named after William Brown, a Mayo native who founded the Argentinian navy back in 1814 in response to Spanish aggression over a trade war.

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Before one battle, Admiral Brown is said to have ordered the fife and drum to play 'St Patrick's Day in the Morning' to bolster the troops who claimed victory over the Spanish before the Irishman led them into war with Brazil and Uruguay.

He returned to visit Ireland in 1847 and died 10 years later in Buenos Aires. A statue of him resides in Dublin's Grand Canal Dock. The cup was introduced as a joint initiative between the Irish Embassy and the two unions, with the current ambassador James McIntyre also hailing from Mayo.

It was introduced for the 2012 meeting between the sides in Dublin and a series win for Ireland would see it reside in the Irish capital for a few more years.

NEW CAPS SWEATING AHEAD OF 'CONCERT'

The new caps are being made to sweat in Argentina, with the traditional song being put back until after Saturday's second Test in Tucuman.

And the players could be in for something of a concert, given Rob Herring, James Cronin and Noel Reid could all join Robbie Diack, Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You in the club this weekend.

Diack says he has a few ideas "up my sleeve" for the show, which is likely to be performed on the way to the airport, given that the team fly back to Buenos Aires on match night.

Iain Henderson revealed this important piece of news yesterday, adding that he sang 'Twist and Shout' by the Beatles and had to go a second time on the bus, opting for 'The Boys are Back in Town' by Thin Lizzy.

Solid choices from the young man.

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8 Number of flights the team will have taken by the time they return to Dublin on Monday during their two-week tour.

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