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Tadhg Furlong Has Been Given Arguably The Greatest Nickname In Irish Sport

Tadhg Furlong Has Been Given Arguably The Greatest Nickname In Irish Sport

Leinster & Ireland prop and all-around beasht Tadhg Furlong was the guest on this week's episoe of the Second Captains podcast, and he had the live audience in stitches on numerous occasions.

We thoroughly recommend giving the episode a listen in full, but there was one moment that stood out to us that we particularly loved, as after his bulldozer impression against the All Blacks in Dublin last month, Furlong has been given a new nickname by his teammates in the Ireland camp.

When asked whether or not any of the other Ireland players had said anything about the moment when Furlong planted three All Black players, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, and then captain Kieran Read, firmly on their arse, he revealed that they have jumped on a new nickname thanks to Joe Schmidt.

And we love it, so so much.

I think my belly gets a good flash there doesn't it? Always good to get the gut out on national television.

It came up in the video review, Joe Schmidt said "Oh, here comes WWF...", not even WWE so, WWF, we're going back a few years.

And of course the lads jumped on the bandwagon and started calling me Rikishi, the big fat Samoan wrestler!

Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding.

Rikishi of course was an icon of the Attitude era of wrestling, best known for his funky dance moves at the 2000 Royal Rumble, and most of all for his finishing move... The 'Stinkface'.

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We will investigate further as to who is directly responsible for the 'Rikishi' nickname, but for the moment let's just appreciate the glory.

Next time you hear someone stand up at a Leinster or Ireland match and shout "GO ON RIKISHI!", you'll know why.

You can listen to the fantastic Second Captains episode with Furlong below:

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