Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong on England, scrum cheats … and his grandmother


Prop recalls Irish hurt at Twickenham, is blunt over scrums and tells an hilarious tale about his ‘nanny’

Tadhg Furlong found himself caught in the crossfire of a bizarre row between Wales and France over scrums this week. The legality of his scrummaging technique was questioned by the Wales forwards coach, Jonathan Humphreys, a full 10 days after their defeat by Ireland. Humphreys was particularly frustrated by a scrum penalty awarded to Ireland when Wales were threatening a try in the 63rd minute which would have pulled them back into contention but Furlong, who had already scored a try by that stage, defuses the argument in his own affable way.

“We try to push as square and straight as anyone,” he says. “They said we were scrummaging from left to right, in the quote I’ve just seen, which would be very, very square scrummaging. They probably could do with sorting out some of their stuff themselves, really, before looking at us. Not Wales but across the game, the trends are loose heads on big angles.”

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Written by Gerard Meagher
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