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Heroic rugby exploits of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales championed

To celebrate the upcoming rugby season, Guinness has released four advertisements championing the 'original' home nations of the sport.

Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales all come in for stirring treatment as their rugby heroes or achievements are celebrated.

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The adverts tell the tales of heroic rugby exploits from the late 70s to the modern day.

Ireland, for example, gets the Guinness treatment for the 1978 Munster win over New Zealand when the provincial team defeated the mighty All Blacks without even conceding a point.

The Welsh advert is a stunning peon to Shane Williams. Originally told he was “too small to play rugby”, he is seen weeping as he summons up the strength to play for his country.

The Scottish tribute is to the “irrepressible spirit” of Bill McLaren, who was told he had tuberculosis on the eve of playing for his country.

At his low point, he found himself commenting hospital ward ping pong tournaments from his bed – and from there went on to become the legendary “voice of rugby”.

The English tribute is to Jonny Wilkinson – and it's from French supporters!

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