Chance encounter for a pride of rugby Lions

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MORE than 400 people attended the Bargy Vintage Club's summer barbecue at Coopers Inn, in Killinick, among them a pair of Lions, one old and one new.

Wexford auctioneer Nick Popplewell was among those enjoying themselves at the fund raiser when 'this big fella came up to me an introduced himsellf'. The 'big fella' was Ireland international rugby player Jack McGrath, just back from the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand.

'He's a gentleman of the highest order,' said Nick, who was capped 48 times for Ireland between 1989 and 1998 and started all three tests for the Lions during the 1993 tour.

Jack was in Wexford for a weekend break, and just happened to drop in for the barbecue and recognised a fellow Lion when he saw one.

'I just came back to him and say Howya Jack when he introduced himself,' Nick said of Jack, whose preferred position is loosehead prop.

'He's playing the same position as I used to, just doing a slightly better job than me,' said Nick, who works for Sherry Fitzgerald Haythornethwaite in Wexford.

'It was a beautiful night. There were a few tractors there, but it was mainly a social night that raises funds for local charities,' he said.

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