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History maker Hayes keen to avoid fanfare

Donncha O'Callaghan insists John Hayes will be desperate to shy away from the fanfare when he joins the ranks of rugby's Test centurions.

Hayes will become the first Irishman to win 100 caps when he lines-up against England in Saturday's clash at Twickenham.

But long-time colleague O'Callaghan says the publicity-shy 36-year-old would rather spend time on his Limerick farm than talking about his tally.

O'Callaghan said: "When Declan Kidney announced John's selection he made a bit of a fuss. It killed John, who just went red.

"The rest of us would be looking forward to a 100th cap but John would rather get off the pitch, get home and milk his cows.

"Everyone else would enjoy this week but John can't wait until it's over."

Hayes retains cult status among adoring Ireland fans who have dubbed him 'The Bull', but he remains something of an enigma thanks to his reluctance to step into the spotlight.

"I like to get out and get away from it all. I've always enjoyed that," said Hayes.


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