Irish rugby legend Duggan passes away

Irish rugby legend Willie Duggan has died at the age of 67 following a suspected heart attack at his home in Dunmore near Kilkenny city. 

He was an eighth man for Leinster and Ireland, the latter of which he earned 41 caps for between 1975 and 1984.

On the Lions 1977 tour to New Zealand, he featured in all 4 tests which the All Blacks won 3-1.

In January 1977, Duggan and Wales' Geoff Wheel were involved in a scuffle that saw them become the first players to be sent off during a Five Nations game.

In 1982, he allegedly smoked a cigarette before walking onto Twickenham's pitch. He then asked referee Allan Hosie to "hold it for me".

1982 was a massive season for Duggan. He was part of an Irish team that won the Triple Crown and Five Nations Championship.

He will be as fondly remembered as a character as he was as a player. 

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