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Friday 18 October 2019

Centres of excellence

Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll: Broke the Test record for centre partnerships at the World Cup when they surpassed the 44 times Jeremy Guscott and Will Carling played together for England. At the heart of Leinster and Ireland back play since 2004, and not done yet.

Michael Kiernan

and Brendan


The go-to pair for Ireland in the mid-to-late 1980s, playing a crucial role under Mick Doyle when Ireland landed the Triple Crown in 1985. Beautiful, balanced runners with backgrounds in athletics and speed to burn.

Dick Milliken

and Mike Gibson

First paired in the famous win over England in 1973, Milliken only played 14 matches for Ireland but he was a star of the 1974 Lions tour to South Africa, and his partnership with legendary fellow Ulsterman Gibson was exceptional.

International Rugby Newsletter

Rugby insights and commentary from our renowned journalists like Neil Francis, Will Slattery, Alan Quinlan & Cian Tracey.

Irish Independent

The Left Wing: Welcome to Irish rugby's biggest week - is an upset on the cards?

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