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Zebo's Flick And 5 Other Audacious Pieces Of Skill From Irish Players

Zebo's Flick And 5 Other Audacious Pieces Of Skill From Irish Players
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of Simon Zebo's heel flick against Wales in the opening game of the 2013 Six Nations, a play that has become one of the most celebrated pieces of skill in Irish rugby history.

The deft, Messi-like movement was sandwiched between a brilliant Rory Best charge down and pass, and a barrelling finish from Cian Healy, making the try one of Ireland's best of the last decade.

In light of Ireland taking on Wales this Saturday in the Millennium Stadium, we have taken a look back at five other moments of classic Irish rugby skillage.

Brian O'Driscoll's Double Chip vs Wasps - 2008

BOD could have taken up the entire article himself, but we decided to limit him to just one entry.

Considering the level of competition [Heineken Cup], the uniqueness of the play, and the amount of skill required to execute this move off-the-cuff, it beat out his numerous other clips to top spot.

Jack Carty's 'Stinger' Cross Field vs Leinster - 2019

Generally when executing a cross field you want it to go beyond the defender, with your man on the wing running onto the ball without breaking stride.

Carty went went with a more creative route, and hit a low, horizontal punt of a kick, which resembled one of Tiger Wood's patented stingers.

It was effectively an extremely long bullet pass that discombobulated the Leinster defence, and was finished off nicely by Stephen Fitzgerald.


Keith Earls' Gaelic Football Flick vs The Dragons - 2008

Watching this score brings with it memories of the excitement which buzzed around a 20-year-old Keith Earls, before he established himself in the Irish team.


It scores extra points as well for the fact that it was a risky move to try the GAA flick, and one that wasn't needed as he was already clean through.


The dummy, the grubber, the electric pace, and the gaelic flick. Pure flair and a real 'I'm that guy' moment.

Darren Sweetnam's One Handed Catch vs Cardiff Blues 

Sweetnam may argue that this was not as difficult as it seems, given that the former Cork inter-county hurler is capable of claiming sliotars going at a much faster pace with large men trying to it him with sticks.


For the common rugby player, however, this was an extremely difficult catch to pull off in such slick and wet conditions.

Jordan Larmour One Handed Pick-Up vs The Scarlets - 2019

Garry Ringrose did a good impression of this against Racing 92 a few weeks ago, but Larmour gets the nod for going in with just the one hand and doing it in a Pro14 final.

BOD, of course, has a similar moment himself vs the All Blacks.


Honourable Mentions 

Brian O'Driscoll Lions Training - 2013

Brian O'Driscoll Pass To Himself vs Ulster - 2006

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