Tuesday 16 July 2019

Where are they now? Terry Kingston

Former Munster rugby player

Last night at the Aviva Stadium, the Munster-Leinster rivalry was reignited for the new season when the two sides met in the Magner's League. In rugby, it's seen as a legendary rivalry and one that former Munster and Ireland captain Terry Kingston enjoyed being part of.

"It was fairly intense back in my day, much the same as it is now. We didn't meet as regularly as they do in the present day. We only played them once a year, but that one game would determine who was tops for the year," reveals Kingston.

"Also, there weren't as many opportunities for players to display their talents to the Irish coaches and these games were seen as a chance to impress. There was huge competition for places amongst the players, making these games even more intense. We didn't know the players as well as the present lads do so there was always a bit of an edge to all the matches."

Kingston, who played his club rugby with Dolphin, lined out for Munster from 1984 to 1996 and spent a number of years captaining the side. His most memorable day was when Munster beat the then world champions Australia courtesy of a Jim Galvin drop goal.

"Munster had beaten Australia on a number of occasions when they toured but in 1992 they were coming over as world champions, having won the World Cup in 1991. Because they were the team of the moment it was a huge match for us to be involved in. They had a lot of their big guns on display. The game went according to plan for us, we couldn't have scripted it better. In many ways, it was the manner in which we won that made it so memorable; winning with a drop goal in the last few minutes was exciting and for a lot of guys it was the biggest game of their lives."

And his outstanding achievements don't stop there. Kingston has 30 caps for Ireland and also captained the side on a number of occasions, including the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. His career spanned 12 years and encompassed three World Cups.

The former hooker lives in Cork and still has a big interest in rugby, coaching Midleton RFC. Last year the club earned promotion to Division 2 and they hope to step it up again this year. Kingston didn't travel to Dublin last night to support his old team -- after all his years lining out, he now prefers to watch the games in the front of the TV.

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