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How one missed tackle led to an international career for Ulster and Ireland hero Phillip Matthews

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Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Phillip Matthews (Pacemaker)

Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Phillip Matthews (Pacemaker)

Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Phillip Matthews (Pacemaker)

He neatly book-ends his adult years in rugby with humorous tales from either end of the journey.

First, we have Phillip Matthews, the naive but ambitious Ulster player, and then, over a decade later, the gnarled ex-international seeing out time in the club game, and now the one being targeted by a new generation.

"In the early part of my Ulster career I got dropped and one of the reasons was because I missed a huge tackle against Ollie Campbell," says the former flanker, who skippered Ireland and bagged 38 caps and a Triple Crown over an eight-year Test career.