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Kieran Dawson: We knew Mark McCall was a great coach but there was poison at Ulster

 

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Kieran Dawson joined Ulster Rugby in 2006 and shed some light on the end of Mark McCall's tenure.

Kieran Dawson joined Ulster Rugby in 2006 and shed some light on the end of Mark McCall's tenure.

Kieran Dawson joined Ulster Rugby in 2006 and shed some light on the end of Mark McCall's tenure.

The volume of material on offer means that there are many and varied points of entry for Kieron Dawson's 13 years in the professional game.

The now Brighton-based former flanker, who played 21 times for Ireland in the late '90s and early 2000s, was present at probably the national side's lowest point in Lens when they exited the 1999 World Cup to Argentina.

Then, just a few months later, he played on the day Brian O'Driscoll exploded into world rugby's consciousness with his audacious hat-trick in Paris when Ireland beat France away for the first time in nearly 20 years - and, of course, for all O'Driscoll's chutzpah, the result was secured thanks to David Humphreys' winning penalty.