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We'll always have Paris - When a genius hit a target no-one else could see

Neil Francis


'Talent sometimes hits a target no-one else can hit. Genius hits a target no-one else can see'

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'Everyone in the country knew they had witnessed a stirring display of obduracy and resolve from the team and an invitation to an adventure to watch Brian O'Driscoll blossom into one of the greatest players on the planet'

'Everyone in the country knew they had witnessed a stirring display of obduracy and resolve from the team and an invitation to an adventure to watch Brian O'Driscoll blossom into one of the greatest players on the planet'

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'Everyone in the country knew they had witnessed a stirring display of obduracy and resolve from the team and an invitation to an adventure to watch Brian O'Driscoll blossom into one of the greatest players on the planet'

It is Sunday, March 19, 2000 and the new millennium has just handed Ireland un cadeau d'or - something that providence and a fervent hope for the future just might, we dreamed, see delivered some day: Ireland have won in Paris for the first time in 28 years.

The final score was 27-25. It was a phenomenal game of rugby and the two-point margin made it even sweeter. Imagine skipping out of Saint Denis knowing you had three minutes to blow it and didn't.


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