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Irish Press, January 1, 1973

For the weekend that’s in it.

Forty years ago.

From Wikipedia:

The 1972 Five Nations Championship was not completed when Scotland and then Wales refused to play in Ireland following threatening letters to players, purportedly from the IRA. The championship remained unresolved with Wales and Ireland unbeaten. In 1973, despite similar threats, England fulfilled their fixture and were given a standing ovation that lasted for five minutes. Ireland won 18–9 and at the after-match dinner the England captain, John Pullin (top) famously remarked “We might not be very good but at least we turn up”.


Fair play though, in fairness.

*takes out flask*

Ireland V England 1973 – team stats

Previously: Amateurs!

Pic via The Rugby Paper