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Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

15:56 24 Feb 2021


Some of rugby's best-known stars have paid tribute to the late Gary Halpin.

The former Leinster, London Irish, and Harlequins prop's death was announced on Wednesday morning.

Halpin made 11 appearances for the national team between 1990 and 1995, scoring a try against New Zealand at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Domestically, he played for Leinster before making a career move to England.

A teacher by profession, the Kilkenny native was also a dual sportsperson, representing Ireland at the 1987 World Athletics Championships in Rome in the hammer.

His international career began against England at Twickenham in 1990 and after touching down against the All Blacks in Johannesburg, he famously delivered a colourful two-fingered salute to Sean Fitzpatrick, a move he subsequently regretted. Ireland would go on to lose the game 43-19.

Halpin studied at Rockwell College before taking up a scholarship at the University of Manhattan. He would go on to teach economics and politics in Weybridge in England, before returning to Ireland to become Head of Boarding at Cistercian College in Roscrea.

Former teammates and colleagues from the world of rugby gathered to pay tribute to a man respected throughout the sport.

Gary Halpin

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