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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 13:53 GMT
Ireland: player profiles

Click here for profiles of four key Ireland players.




Keith Wood



The battering ram of the Irish team, captain Wood leads by example whether in defence or attack and is an inspiration to the men in green.

A speed merchant around the pitch he's on a sabbatical from English side Harlequins, playing a season in Irish club rugby after the World Cup.

His throwing-in is the weakest part of his game but he showed on the 1997 Lions tour (following his father Gordon into the Lions) that he is a world class player.

Is one of the game's great characters.

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Paul Wallace



The immovable force in the Ireland front row, Paul Wallace moved from international player to world class prop in the space of the 1997 Lions tour.

A mobile player he was chosen for the World Cup in 1995 after having no Test match experience, making his full Irish debut against Japan.

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Jeremy Davidson



Quality line out jumper and improving all the time in the loose, Jeremy Davidson has the ability to change the course of a game.

Now plying his trade in France with Castres, Davidson did play for London Irish.

Missed the whole of the 1997-98 season with a knee injury after making his debut just after the 1995 World Cup.

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Kevin Maggs


The centres will be a crucial area for Ireland if they are to open up defences and there are few better in Britain on the crash ball or making the elusive break than Kevin Maggs.

Plays in the Allied Dunbar League for Bath, Maggs made his Ireland debut in 1997, and could even figure for Ireland on the wing such is his speed off the mark.

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