Walter Walsh "a hell of a rugby player"

February 13, 2018

Kilkenny's Walter Walsh signs autographs for fans before their Walsh Cup clash against Antrim at Abbottstown.
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Ireland's Tadhg Furlong reckons Walter Walsh could possibly have played alongside him on the Irish international rugby team.

As Leinster prop Furlong strives to overcome a hamstring problem in time to feature for Joe Schmidt's side against Wales in Dublin on Saturday week, he told Off The Ball that his former New Ross RFC team-mate was an outstanding prospect in the oval-ball game:

"Wally was a hell of a rugby player, to be fair," the Wexford man stated. "He played a lot of out-half for us underage, I suppose, with New Ross. He could boot the ball a country mile and control the game very well. Obviously, athletically very strong, good body and spatial awareness for GAA.

"Wally would have been in the very early stages of the picking up in the south east before you get to Leinster underage squads. It was probably at a time for him when hurling was taking off as well. He probably never got the shot at it that I would have done. If he got those chances and opportunities and hurling wasn't there, it's a different conversation, maybe."

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