Media playback is not supported on this device‘It was pandemonium’ – McWhirter reflects on Ulster’s European triumph
The thought of it still amuses Tony McWhirter… a player carrying out stadium repair works three days before a Heineken Cup semi-final.
In the countdown to the glamour clash with tournament favourites Stade Francais in 1999, Rab Irwin – Ulster’s 36-year-old tighthead prop and builder by trade – was busy at Ravenhill fixing the front gates, but he may as well have been there to switch out the lights on the amateur era.
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The Irish Rugby Football Union faces losing up to 20m euros if no more international rugby is played in 2020.
Chief executive Philip Browne said on Friday that the IRFU’s cash reserves would be exhausted within months and that the club game “will take a generation to get back on its feet” without assistance from the government.
It is hoped the professional game in Ireland will resume in August.
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