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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Keith Wood
Keith Wood
Born: 27/1/72
Position: Hooker
Team: Harlequins
Debut: 5/6/94 v Australia
Past World Cups: 1995 and 1999
Did you know? Wood is nicknamed Uncle Fester after the Addams Family character
Keith Wood had virtually slipped out of mention in Irish circles, such has been his lay-off from the game.

But he returned to the national squad for the warm-up game against Wales, but could yet prove to be some way short of match fitness during the World Cup.

Prior to August's comeback game, he last played for Ireland in September 2002 and was never in contention for earning a Six Nations spot because of neck and shoulder complaints.

He started just three Premiership games last season but his return, as always, would be a massive boost to his team-mates.

Although 31, Wood's enthusiasm knows no bounds.

He has led Ireland to some of their most unlikely victories, with fine work in the scrums matched by skill with ball in hand in the loose.





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