Sunday 25 February 2018

Will Greenwood pays tribute to unheralded Irish trio who helped Harlequins to European glory

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Harlequins are looking to send Conor O'Shea off with a trophy this evening in the European Challenge Cup final but one of their famous ex-players took the opportunity to highlight the contributions other Irishmen made to the club's history.

Harlequins have won the Challenge Cup three times, once under O'Shea in 2011 and a further two times in 2001 and 2004. Legendary World Cup-winning centre Will Greenwood played on the two earlier teams and he made a special mention of Irish trio Gavin Duffy, Simon Keogh and Andy Dunne before tonight's game.

All three played in the 2004 final against Clermont, when Keogh won the game for Quins with a last-gasp try. While Duffy went on to win 10 caps for Ireland, that European victory was probably the highlight of both Dunne and Keogh's career, so it was nice to see that the match was also memorable for a man who played on three Lions tours as well as winning rugby's biggest tournament.

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