Shane Horgan On The Try That Changed His Life, And The Tackle That Didn’t
On today’s show we reflect on one of Ireland’s greatest ever days, the 43-13 win over England in Croke Park, with two of the heroes involved, Shane Horgan and Jerry Flannery.
We asked them for their memories of the game and everything surrounding it – the politics, the atmosphere, the anthems, the tears, the tries, and of course Shane’s elbow-first charge at doe-eyed Englishman David Strettle.
Shane explains in the clip below how the game that changed his life could just as easily have been his David Beckham – Diego Simeone moment.
But the linesman didn’t see it, so instead we get to watch this over and over for the rest of our lives!
The BBC’s coverage reflected the enormity of the occasion, with John Inverdale in particular striking the right tone throughout. Respectful but excited; Professional, but emotional; Informative, but not too preachy. If you have 2 and a half hours to spare…
In his subsequent column for the Daily Telegraph, however, Inverdale painted a much less rosy picture of the environs around Croke Park…
In the interests of fairness, you can read Inverdale’s column in full here.
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