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Alan Quinlan

It would be fitting if centurion Cian Healy could help provide the platform for a famous Ireland win

Alan Quinlan


Brute power isn't only thing we should notice about latest centurion

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Milestone man: Cian Healy will become Ireland’s latest centurion when he takes the field against France

Milestone man: Cian Healy will become Ireland’s latest centurion when he takes the field against France

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Milestone man: Cian Healy will become Ireland’s latest centurion when he takes the field against France

When a 19-year-old Cian Healy grabbed me by the quads and launched me into the air, on his own, at the front of the lineout, I realised the rumours circling Leinster's strongman loosehead were undoubtedly true.

After catching my breath upon my safe return to ground, a grin broke across Healy's face before we repeated the drill, again trying to disrupt the Ireland set-piece as preparations were ramped up for the 2007 World Cup.

The teenage prop made quite a first impression on me - he wasn't even in the Irish squad at that stage, merely padding out the training numbers and getting a taste for what would soon become his regular environment.


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