Marvin Hagler addressed Ireland's World Cup rugby squad
Ireland's World Cup players got a pep talk with a difference - from boxing great Marvin Hagler.
The former world middleweight champion called in at the Irish squad's Dublin hotel with an inspirational message for Eddie O'Sullivan's men.
BBC boxing commentator Jim Neilly, who also covers Irish rugby, help set up the visit.
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan felt it was a worthwhile exercise in the week before the players leave for Australia.
"It was partly motivational but partly about him speaking to us about how he got to the top of his sport," said O'Sullivan.
"The players can identify with that because the same traits Marvin required are required in the game of rugby."
Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll said he saw the former boxer as an inspiration.
"When you really do not expect someone like that, it is not always
the case of what he has to say, it is just the fact that he is there," said O'Driscoll.
"He could have been talking about rabbits for all I care. You are
just looking at him in amazement and to have such a fantastic
sportsman in your company is what it is all about."