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Oz shame

LEGENDARY Australian centre Tim Horan has outrageously claimed that Ireland deliberately faked injuries during their historic win over the Wallabies in Auckland.

The two-time World Cup winner said he made the claims on the basis of a conversation he had with Ireland assistant coach Alan Gaffney.

"Ireland had a deliberate plan to fake injuries each time there was a breakdown in play last Saturday, so they could slow the game down and frustrate the Wallabies," he wrote on his column for the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.

"How can I be sure? By talking to Irish assistant coach Alan Gaffney in the dressing rooms afterwards."

Horan's accusations have been met with outrage by the Irish rugby public.

"Tim is a legend of the game but accusing Ireland of cheating and faking injuries is not the behaviour of a sporting great," said former international Trevor Brennan.

"It's amazing for a player of his calibre to come out with this nonsense."