The Inside Fileby Cillian Ó Conchúir
- ‘Final the only thing in our minds’ – Durcan
- McCarthy sees 4 minutes as Ireland make hard work of Macedonia
- Ireland Class leaves England's Grand Slam in Ruins as 24-8 defeat flatters Johnson
- Heaslip still holds faith in Irish system
- Gallant Ireland fall to defiant French
Many look to the scoring prowess of Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty. Others point to the trojan work done in midfield by Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh. And few games pass by without the mention of Donegal’s tenacious defensive backs. But the shot stopper would have it no other way as his self-deprecating nature is matched only by his sense of humour.
“You do thrive on those situations,” says Durcan of his save from Martin Penrose in the 74th minute, “but at the same time I would be happier if I didn’t have to do it. I suppose a lot of the boys would argue I don’t work that hard. They say I don’t work too hard all the time in training. I think it is a running joke.