As Ireland meet Italy at Croke Park on Saturday in the opener of the Six Nations 2008, we thought we’d pull out a clip from a previous meeting between the two sides, from 2001.
Five minutes from the end of the encounter, in which Ireland won 41-22, Italian scrum half Alessandro Troncon soured the occasion with an extravagant swinging punch on opposite number Peter Stringer.
Troncon was red carded for his actions, which resulted in the citing committee dishing out a three week ban for the punch which sent Stringer to the floor clutching his face.
We hopefully won’t see a repeat of this on Saturday, as both Ireland and Italy need to focus on playing some good rugby, with both sides still having a lot to prove after disappointing World Cup performances.
NOTE: Apologies for the delayed audio on this one