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The Left Wing - Luke Fitzgerald explains how Alan Quinlan got back at him after eye gouge jibe during PRO12 Awards

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Luke Fitzgerald and Alan Quinlan were involved in a brilliant slagging match at yesterday's Guinness PRO12 Awards in Dublin.

Speaking on today's episode of The Left Wing, Fitzgerald explained that he poked fun at Quinlan over his infamous eye gouging incident in 2009 with Leo Cullen as the former Munster man chatted with the Leinster head coach last night at the Guinness Storehouse.

Quinlan missed the Lions Tour of South Africa after being cited for gouging Cullen during Leinster's Heineken Cup semi-final year and was given a 12-week ban.

Retribution came quickly for Quinlan as he noticed Nigel Owens, who had an online row with Fitzgerald over his interaction with players while refereeing, in the room as soon as they entered the venue.

Fitzgerald and Owens shared a handshake for the cameras to the delight of Quinlan.

"I actually really deserved it. I saw Quinny with Leo Cullen just before we went into the room and I was giving him a bit of slagging about the eye gouging. Trying to make it awkward for him," he said.

"Of course, we walk in and there was payback waiting for Quinny right inside with Nigel Owens.

"He got his payback well.

"All in good jest as well.

"Nigel was in decent form, he was picking up his award as well.

"It was good because you know when we criticise someone from afar, we obviously had talked in private subsequent to that, I told him I disagreed with some of his stuff but it's important to get those things out in the open.

"It's nice to see someone in person and make sure the relationship is still there and that you are still able to have a conversation about the game we love."

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