Sunday 21 January 2018

Stalwart Hayes dodges Orr's bizarre Twickenham fate

Hugh Farrelly

WHEN John Hayes was selected to win his 100th cap against England in Twickenham this Saturday, he avoided the fate that befell legendary Irish loose-head Phil Orr in 1986.

Since making his debut in 2000 against Scotland, Hayes has been first choice, only missing out due to injury or being rested. Similarly, Orr was a front-row fixture since his 1976 debut and was due to win his 50th consecutive cap against England at Twickenham until he was inexplicably dropped for Paul Kennedy.

England, inspired by debutant Dean Richards at No 8, won comfortably and Kennedy held on to his loose-head spot for the next outing, and defeat, against Wales in Lansdowne Road. Orr came back to win his 50th cap against France and won nine more until his final outing in the 1987 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia. Kennedy never played for Ireland again. HF

England 25 Ireland 20

Twickenham, 1986

IRELAND -- Hugo MacNeill; Trevor Ringland, Brendan Mullin, Michael Kiernan, Keith Crossan; Ralph Keyes, Michael Bradley; Paul Kennedy, Ciaran Fitzgerald (capt), Des Fitzgerald; Brian McCall, Donal Lenihan; Davy Morrow, Nigel Carr, Brian Spillane.

Irish Independent

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