PETER JACKSON: Six Nations now a place for the heavy gang

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

Tony Ward: Small stature, big impact.

The team Ireland sent to Murrayfield 40 years ago revolved around the smallest half-backs in the game, a cross-border pair of Test Lions in the making.

Colin Patterson measured 5ft5in — “minus the high heels” — and weighed in at a fraction more than 11 stone. His out-half that blustery spring afternoon, Tony Ward of Munster rugby and Limerick United FC fame, stood three inches taller but had been chiselled into the same low-gravity physique.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Ben Youngs believes Jonny May is the ‘deadliest’ winger in world rugby

McBryde points to Gravell play as inspiration for Six Nations victory

Tommy Seymour believes Scotland can cope without attacking flair of Finn Russell

Iain Henderson free to play against Italy following disciplinary hearing

More in this Section

Itoje to miss England’s Six Nations clash with Wales

Wales hope Halfpenny and Biggar will be fit to face England

Aaron Gillane to miss Limerick's clash with Cork over Fitzgibbon Cup

Sean O'Brien not giving up on Ireland after London switch

More by this author

Who could imagine France would lose fear factor?

Empty seats the price of ever-escalating ticket costs

Were Lions undone by spies?

Great expectations can’t be matched by Welsh clubs


Karl Lagerfeld: A creative genius with exceptional intuition who was ahead of his time

Attentive partners improve long-term health, research suggests

All the celebs, trends and news you might have missed from London Fashion Week

Want to have a whale of a time? IWDG bringing Iceland expedition stories to libraries

More From The Irish Examiner