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Thursday, 17 February, 2000, 18:07 GMT
New Irish cap in 'brawl' probe

Shane Horgan in action for Ireland A last year


The Irish Rugby Football Union is looking into allegations that Six Nations debutant Shane Horgan, who is set to make his debut against Scotland on Saturday, was involved in a nightclub brawl last October.

Six Nations Championship
The news comes just a week after reserve hooker Frank Sheahan was fined 2,500 by the IRFU for headbutting a fan in the wake of Ireland's 50-18 thrashing by England at Twickenham.

But Irish team manager Donal Lenihan told a news conference that the scandal will not affect Horgan's place in the team for the Lansdowne Road clash.

"It's something he could have done without," said Lenihan.


It's something we could have done without
Donal Lenihan, Ireland manager
"Winning his first cap brings its own pressures. But he trained with the squad this morning and everybody rallied round him."

The revelations will not help beleagured coach Warren Gatland, who has completely restructured his side in a bid to score Ireland's first victory over Scotland in 12 years.

The incident in which Horgan was allegedly involved is believed to have occurred after an inter-provincial match and left a doorman requiring hospital treatment.

Lenihan said that the three-quarter had been warned by Dublin's Evening Herald that it was about to break the story.

"The incident happened last October and sadly only resurfaced because he has been selected to play for Ireland this weekend," said Lenihan.

"The Union have made a statement and, to be fair to Shane, we don't know the full facts. The matter will be investigated and there is nothing more to say."

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