Thursday 29 September 2016

Six Nations Touchlines: Hopes high Waterford can add to list of internationals

Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30

Jack O'Donoghue has been called up to the Ireland squad Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jack O'Donoghue has been called up to the Ireland squad Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Following Ultan Dillane's ascension to the international ranks in a boost for Kerry rugby, Waterford may soon renew its occasional links with the green shirt thanks to the call-up of Jack O'Donoghue.

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Ben Cronin won two caps for Ireland in the mid-1990s but his fellow Munster flanker would have to go some way to emulate the Deise's finest, Barry Bresnihan.

Gonzaga's first international, centre Bresnihan played for UCD, Lansdowne, Munster and London Irish before winning 25 Irish caps (six tries) as well as three caps for the Lions (two tries) on the 1966 and 1968 tours to the Antipodes and South Africa.

Bresnihan, a renowned rheumatologist, also featured on the Munster side that defeated Australia in 1967 and was the first ever replacement used in rugby union.

Terenure pitch in

Terenure College RFC club members Patrick O'Reilly (Rala) and Girvan Dempsey were on hand to open the new 4G pitch proudly supported by Ulster Bank, the official community rugby partner to the IRFU.

Also in attendance were Ulster Bank rugby ambassador Alan Quinlan, Terenure College RFC assistant coach and Ulster Bank employee David Lynagh and Mary McGovern, branch manager, Ulster Bank Terenure.

Carter reveals flirtation with other oval ball game

Ronan O'Gara once flirted with the NFL - only to aid contract talks, mind - but Dan Carter has also revealed that he went a bit closer to being lured.

"I went to visit the Patriots and I just thought I was going to visit the facilities but the scouts had obviously done their homework and worked out who I was, and I'd kicked a few goals with a rugby ball, so they showed a bit of interest.

 

"It's always been a bit of a joke of mine, being my retirement plan- I couldn't think of anything better.

"Letting my body recoup, not having to make tackles or take the ball into contact any more would be quite nice. Just being paid to kick goals!"

Quote of the day

"His ankles need a bit of work!" - Mike Ross on Ultan Dillane, owner of the skinniest second-row legs since Victor Matfield.

Number of the day

215 Minutes since Italy scored a try against Ireland.

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