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Gary Longwell

Gary Longwell

Gary Longwell

"That was a nightmare game, thanks for reminding me it was 25 years ago! Happy to chat with you."

The self-deprecating humour came through loud and clear in Gary Longwell's text.

A full 25 years on from Ulster's first ever Champions Cup (then Heineken Cup) game, and ahead of Sunday's quarter-final clash with Toulouse in the tournament's silver anniversary, the club legend has just about let go of the memories of their dour introduction to continental competition.