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St Patrick's Day XV


There have only been 9 Irish O's who have played test rugby for the All Blacks - but plenty of others with distinctly Irish names. This team is based on the Top 40 Irish surnames, rather than player credentials, or specific lineage.

Here's our top XV:

1 Des O'Donnell (Caps 1, First Year 1949, Last Year 1949, Era-Adj Caps 2.08)
2 Corey Flynn (15, 2003-2011, 5.05)
3 Ned Hughes (6, 1907-1921, 59.21)
4 James Ryan (9, 2005-2006, 5.25)
5 Kevin O'Neill (1, 2008, 0.21)
6 Adam Thomson (29, 2008-2012, 18.12)
7 Jim O'Sullivan (5, 1905-1907, 20.83)
8 Peter Burke (3, 1955-1957, 12.50)
9 Charlie Brown (2, 1913, 6.25)
10 Lance Johnson (4, 1928, 12.50)
11 Mike O'Callaghan (3, 1968, 7.50)
12 Jason O'Halloran (1, 2000, 0.31)
13 Terry O'Sullivan (4, 1960-1962, 12.50)
14 Tom Lynch (4, 1913-1914, 14.29)
15 Pat Walsh (13, 1955-1963, 45.70)

Captain - Ned Hughes, who most claim to be the oldest All Black to play test rugby, at over 40 years. He had 15 years between his debut and final test year.

Sure the after-match celebrations will be good craic...

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