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Blair force one: Well-travelled Mark so proud of Euro joy with Ulster and playing with Jonah Lomu

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Mark Blair

Mark Blair

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Mark Blair

There isn't really any need to do much in the way of prodding for Mark Blair to hit full anecdotal mode.

The former Ulster lock has much to share, having spent a decade in the professional game and been there when rugby made the not entirely smooth switch from being an amateur sport.

He got around too, playing in Scotland, New Zealand, France, Canada and, latterly, Bermuda, where he consistently turned out for the annual Classic Rugby gatherings up until five years ago.