12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Quibbling about who is the younger - they were both born in 1952 with Mick the elder by five days - former Ireland internationals Ciaran Fitzgerald and Mick Quinn had plenty to talk about when they faced RTI's Des Cahill and the Irish Rugby Supporters Club at Lansdowne Road.
"The first game I watched here was in the mid-sixties. I was kind of steeped in GAA tradition in Loughrea. Hurling, football and boxing were the main sports. I came up when the Galway footballers won the three-in-a-row and as kids, we worked through the three campaigns. And then we said we'd watch a rugby match and it was Ireland-Wales and I remember saying to myself: 'I could do that or I could play that game.'
"I didn't play the game for another three or four years, it was my last year in college in Garbally when they were stuck for a hooker, it was Fr. Kirby at the time - he's now a Bishop, he's been elevated since for spotting good talent!
"They were stuck for a hooker and I looked like the previous hooker that was there, same build, same good looks and same speed! So that's when I ended up starting as hooker, I remember that match (Ireland-Wales) left a lasting impression on me.
"My first international at Lansdowne was after the Australian tour - I got capped in Australia on the 1979 tour, that was the one where we won the two Test matches and I think we won eight out of the nine matches. We came back full of confidence and full of brim, it was against Wales in 1980.
"I remember that one because it was one of my only try-scoring opportunities. I always fancied myself as a wing forward but I used to break from the front of the lineout and take on the out-half and I used to do it 99 times out of a thousand.
"But this one time with the hands up, I managed to get a blockdown and I had to sprint a good 20 metres (Quinn: Don't mind him, it was about three yards!) outsprinting everybody and with a flamboyant dive. That was the start of it and there's been many happy days since.
"(In that team) there was Ollie Campbell, the out-half coming back from Australia, and Moss Keane. Willie Duggan, Fergus Slattery, John O'Driscoll, Philip Orr, Robbie McGrath was there.
"The forwards were called 'Dad's Army' because they were near the end of their careers. A lot of accomplished Lions, so I was the young cub going in at that time and no better way to start your career.
...Members of the Supporters Club are present as the special edition of Drivetime Sport is recorded...
...Mick Quinn who had a close encounter with Walter Spanghero's jaw!...
"(My first playing memory of Lansdowne) Newbridge had won the Schools Cup, against Blackrock in the final here (at Lansdowne) in what was probably the biggest upset of all-time. 'Rock had never been beaten by anyone, they beat us 32-0 and then we beat them 19-5 in the final.
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