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Monday 20 November 2017

Former Ireland rugby star Neville Furlong, who scored famous try against the All Blacks, has died aged 49

Neville Furlong in action against the All Blacks in 1992
Neville Furlong in action against the All Blacks in 1992
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Former Ireland wing Neville Furlong has died after a long illness.

Aged 49, the Garryowen clubman was diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago.

Furlong is a member of the small-enough club of Irish players to have scored Test tries against New Zealand. His sole touchdown also sees him credited with having scored the last four point try – before the value was increased – which came on his second and final cap, on Ireland’s 1992 tour to that country.

Despite only picking up the game at UCG he started both Tests on that Ireland tour. An army man he stood out on the trip for his physique and fitness in an age when Ireland struggled to produce players with either.

“Get the ball to me and I’ll score a try,” he said to his teammates in the build up to the second Test, in Wellington. His try in the opening minutes, operating virtually on one good leg, was Ireland’s only success that day having run the All Blacks close the previous week in Dunedin.

After injury ended his career early Furlong became heavily involved in juvenile coaching with Garryowen, running their under-age set up until illness took over.

Deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Trish and sons Ódran and Kyle.

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