Jean Cormier: Raconteur who scuppered Irish slam

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

The mystery behind a French writer’s claim to have sabotaged an Irish Grand Slam in Paris can be unravelled at long last, 36 years after it happened.

A classic example of the old maxim about news not always being when it happens but sometimes when it breaks, the untold story of how Willie Duggan turned up at the Parc des Princes hors de combat followed a night on the tiles with the ever-gregarious Jean Cormier.

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