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On This Day - One Of The Most Famous Irish Tries Of All-Time Was Scored

On This Day - One Of The Most Famous Irish Tries Of All-Time Was Scored

26 years ago today, we witnessed Irish rugby's finest moment of the 1990s. Admittedly, this is not a difficult accolade to garner. The competition is not fierce.

Every Irish rugby fan of a certain age has a real love for this try. Irish tries back then were rare events. Irish tries away in Twickenham were rarer still. And beautifully worked Irish tries that ended with a winger dashing into the corner were rarest of all.

In 1992, Ireland finished bottom of the Five Nations, losing every match. They had a talented winger in the shape of Simon Geoghegan. He was so talented that the other players didn't want to sully that talent by actually passing him the ball. He didn't receive one pass in an attacking position all year.

Two years later they decided to change tack and fling the ball his way. The results were glorious.

Amazingly, it wasn't even the best thing Simon Geoghegan did in the game. That accolade goes to this magnificent bit of virtuoso play.

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This darting run was critical in Ireland sealing an incredible 13-12 win. The penalty was a tad generous mind.

Will Carling's England hadn't lost a Five Nations game in Twickenham in six years (indeed this game and the 1997 defeat to France were the only two home Five Nations games they would lose in the 90s) and four months earlier New Zealand came to Twickers and lost.

Ireland by contrast lost every match to France, lost all bar one to Scotland (and the exception was a miserable 6-6 draw that year), somehow always seemed to win in Cardiff and managed to rack up two miraculous back-to-back wins over England.

As far as the 90s goes, 1994 was quite a good year for Ireland. Indeed they should have beaten both Scotland and Wales at home, drawing 6-6 with the former and losing 15-17 to the latter (Elwood hitting the post with a straightforward penalty late on to win it). A Triple Crown was there for the taking.

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