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Eddie O'Sullivan Reveals The Stalling Tactics He Used On England At Croker In 2007

Eddie O'Sullivan Reveals The Stalling Tactics He Used On England At Croker In 2007
By Mikey Traynor

Ireland's victory over England in their first ever meeting at Croke Park in 2007 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest days in Irish rugby.

The memories are still vivid in the minds of everyone who was involved that day, either spectating or directly involved, but we got a look at the memories held by the latter in RTÉ's documentary 'No Words Needed', which aired on Thursday night.

We heard from many of the Irish players who played that day, as well as the likes of Martin Corry and Conor O'Shea (and Bertie Ahern) but an anecdote from Eddie O'Sullivan who coached Ireland to that great success was particularly interesting.

O'Sullivan recalled how he deliberately held the Irish players in the dressing room a little longer than instructed in order to allow the English players more time on the pitch in front of the Irish fans. Whether or not it had an effect is impossible to tell, although Corry is adamant it didn't impact him.

From the way O'Sullivan fondly reflected on it, you get the feeling he thinks it did.

Then we heard that England were going out, and I decided we'd play a little bit of silly buggers with them.

And I said to Drico 'I think we'll let them stew a little bit out there' ya know.

Brilliant.

Playing a little bit of silly buggers is another cracker for the growing list of Eddie O'Sullivan's delightfully weird one-liners.

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A great story, well told by O'Sullivan, and the entire documentary was seriously enjoyable.

You can catch 'No Words Needed', which is ironically fifty-odd minutes of people using words to describe the event, on the RTÉ player.

SEE ALSO: A Tribute To Eddie O'Sullivan's Delightfully Weird One-Liners

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