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Being handed the captain’s armband is my proudest moment, admits Ringrose

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Garry Ringrose (Brian Lawless/PA)

Garry Ringrose (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Garry Ringrose (Brian Lawless/PA)

Early on Monday morning, Leo Cullen pulled Garry Ringrose aside for a chat.

The coach was planning to rest captain Johnny Sexton for today’s PRO14 final, while vice-captain Rhys Ruddock is not getting a game right now, so he needed someone to step into the breach.

A three-time Heineken Cup-winning captain for the Blues during his distinguished playing career, Cullen surveyed his options and settled on his fellow Blackrock College alumnus as the man to lead the team onto the Aviva Stadium pitch.