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Geoghegan tears up Twickenham script, Ireland v England, February 19, 1994

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Simon Geoghegan turns on the after-burners to tear the England defence to
shreds, escaping the clutches of Kyran Bracken as Martin Johnson (R) looks on. Photo: INPHO/Allsport

Simon Geoghegan turns on the after-burners to tear the England defence to shreds, escaping the clutches of Kyran Bracken as Martin Johnson (R) looks on. Photo: INPHO/Allsport

Simon Geoghegan turns on the after-burners to tear the England defence to shreds, escaping the clutches of Kyran Bracken as Martin Johnson (R) looks on. Photo: INPHO/Allsport

Mention of Simon Geoghegan always puts me in mind of the story of Albert Speer, the reviled German architect who is said to have walked from Berlin's Spandau jail to Istanbul without leaving the prison yard.

He did so by calculating the number of paces that journey would take, then committing to a daily circuit that became his defiance of the concrete and barbed wire imprisoning him. Speer, in other words, refused to be caged.

Now not for a second is this a suggestion of anything rhyming in the life stories of Ireland's most thrilling player of the early 1990s and a delusional Nazi apologist.