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Monday 18 December 2017

Murray recalls one of worst Irish days

Conor Murray
Conor Murray

On RTÉ's Ireland's Greatest Sporting Memory, Alan Quinlan would have expected to see his try for Ireland against Argentina in the 2003 World Cup up near the top of the charts.

"I remember Quinny scoring the try and, as he says himself, saving Irish rugby," laughed Conor Murray.

"When he did his shoulder. I remember watching it at home in Patrickswell" in what would best be described as hurling country in Limerick.

"There are some moments in Irish sport where everyone seems to be gripped by them and it takes over everyone's chat for a few days.

"Quinny would be delighted to know that he inspired a few hurlers to take up a rugby ball that day."

Murray would have been one of those.

Now, he is one of them, the men in the green of Ireland.

So far, it has been so good this month as South Africa and Fiji have been quietened

All that is left is the third leg of three tests against those dastardly Pumas.

The scrum-half was there at the heart of the battle when Argentina tore up the script in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium.

"It was probably one of the worst days in an Irish jersey for a load of reasons," he said.

"It was a game where you had a really good chance to make a semi-final of a World Cup."

For some, it was their last chance to make history.

For others, it has been banked as a bad memory that may have to be drawn on in the future.

"They're the days you don't like to have," added Murray.

"But you also learn an awful lot about yourself and the team on those days."

Only time will tell whether it will be enough to make a difference in Japan.

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