Friday 13 December 2019

O'Gara's nag proves bad Munster omen

THOSE looking for portents ahead of last Saturday's seismic Magners League clash between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road could have done worse than throwing a glance at the Gowran Park results from a few hours before kick-off.

It featured a horse called Your Busy, which was running in the 4.10, owned by a certain Mr R O'Gara with Ruby Walsh on board. And, just as Munster performed well later that evening before coming up just short, so too did Your Busy in the Beginners' Chase over two miles and one furlong, before finishing a narrow second to .. .......Darceys Dancer. Spooky.

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"It starts with an 'f' and ends with ... "

-- Munster coach Tony McGahan recalls the first word that passed his lips when he saw their Heineken Cup draw.

"I mostly know Gaelic footballers, no soccer players -- although we did meet Sean St Ledger on a night out once and he seems like a very nice chap."

-- Leinster out-half Jonathan Sexton's response when asked about his soccer links ahead of next week's trip to Wembley.

"There's a lot of Afrikaans going on alright, but I don't know about line-out calls, we'd need Paul O'Connell to translate, he worked them out against South Africa last November." -- Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin on the influence of their South African contingent.

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