Ireland legend Duggan dies

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:15
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ireland and Leinster legend William Patrick Duggan has passed away at age 67 on Monday.

The news was made public by Leinster Rugby via Twitter.

The tweet read: "Very sad news from Kilkenny this morning of the passing of Leinster & Ireland Rugby legend Willie Duggan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. #RIP"

Duggan has 41 International caps for Ireland. He made his debut in 1975 and finished his international career in 1984 as captain.

In 1977, the renowned No.8 was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour.

In January 1977,  he - along with Wales' Geoff Wheel - became the first player to be sent off in a Five Nations match.

On one occasion during a match against France, he ran onto the field smoking a cigarette smoking a cigarette, he eventually handed the cigarette to referee Allan Hosie, who was pictured holding the cigarette in the television coverage.

Source: Leinsterrugby