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Former Ireland Captain Willie Duggan Dies, Aged 67

Former Ireland Captain Willie Duggan Dies, Aged 67
By Daniel Kelly Updated
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Former Ireland captain Willie Duggan has died, it has been announced.

The Kilkenny-born number 8 was one of Ireland's stars of the 1970s and '80s. He played 41 times for his country.

Described by the Kilkenny People today as "the greatest ever number 8 in World rugby", Duggan died suddenly at his home aged 67.

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Part of the Lions team in 1977 that had a 3-1 series defeat to New Zealand, Duggan started all four Test matches. He was one of only four Irish players on the tour.

Duggan holds a unique place in the history of the Five Nations. Along with Wale's Geoff Wheel, the duo were the first players to be sent off, after a 1977 fight.

Since the news of his death broke, the rugby world have paid tribute to the former Ireland and Lions star.

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