No strings attached
By Damian Dolan
While last Sunday saw Munster embroiled in yet another epic European encounter, this time with Harlequins, over 100 miles away watching on was the scorer of arguably the province’s most significant ever Heineken Cup try, Peter Stringer.
Twenty-four hours earlier, the scrum half, who’ll forever be remembered for that moment of audacious brilliance in the 2006 final against Biarritz that helped deliver Munster’s Holy Grail, had himself been in European quarter-final action, as Bath took on Stade Francais at the Rec in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
The Heineken Cup’s poor relation it might be, but for Stringer it was another welcome opportunity to grace the European stage, and against one of Europe’s finest in Stade.
But despite Stringer having slipped down the pecking order at Thomond Park over the past two years, it was still unusual sight not to see his familiar presence in the red number nine jersey at the Stoop, pulling the strings once again with Ronan O’Gara, on the type of high profile stage he revelled in.
But for the time being at least, Bath is now home to Stringer, although he remains, and always will, a Munsterman at heart.
“I’d loved to have been involved in the group matches of Munster’s campaign, but I didn’t get a run out at all, which is disappointing from my point of view,” said the 35-year-old.
For more see the (13 April) print edition of the Irish World