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Neil Francis


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Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

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Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for London Irish during a Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps last October 20. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

A long time ago, I played for London Irish in a Courage League match against – well, the thing is I can't remember who.

What I do remember is that we won and that I ended up upstairs in a bar sponsored by Guinness.

Bring the players in and make absolutely sure the internationals are there. I had played in that year’s championship and being a current international, brand Frano was in demand.