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44 years and five dismissals - the men who saw red mist playing rugby for Ireland

Five players have been sent off while playing for Ireland since Willie Duggan’s dismissal in 1977

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Ireland's Peter O'Mahony leaves the pitch having being shown a red card against Wales. Photo: Ben Evans/Sportsfile

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony leaves the pitch having being shown a red card against Wales. Photo: Ben Evans/Sportsfile

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony leaves the pitch having being shown a red card against Wales. Photo: Ben Evans/Sportsfile

For 44 years, Willie Duggan’s name stood alone in the Irish section of the Six Nations record books as the only player to have been sent off in a championship game until last Sunday when Peter O’Mahony entered the hall of shame.

The late, great Kilkenny No 8 joined Welshman Geoff Wheel in making history in 1977 when they were sent off by Scottish referee Norman Sanson just before half-time at the Cardiff Arms Park.


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