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Mixed feelings for Reddan

Scrum-half Eoin Reddan admits he will have conflicting emotions when Ireland revisit the setting for probably the greatest moment in the nation's rugby history.

It is two years since the Irish were crowned Grand Slam champions with a 17-15 triumph over Wales at the Millennium Stadium when Reddan was on club duty with Wasps after falling out of favour with Ireland.

"I have mixed feelings of playing in Cardiff if I'm to be brutally honest," he said. "I was delighted to watch the lads lift the Grand Slam because I had so many friends in Irish rugby. But at the same time when we were beating England that year, I was on a bus home with Wasps after getting beaten by Worcester away, which wasn't so glamorous a fixture."

He added: "The day after we won the Grand Slam in Cardiff, I was playing Bristol.

"That day was great for Irish rugby and very positive, but for those who weren't there it made you want to be involved.

"It makes you want to contribute your own little bit, giving motivation to add something positive that you can be proud of yourself."

There is less at stake in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations trip to Cardiff after France ruined Irish hopes of a second Grand Slam in three years, but it remains a key match.

Victory would keep Ireland in the title hunt, even if England's vastly superior points difference suggests success is beyond them, while defeat would crank up the pressure on a team already under fire.


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