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Northampton Saints: Players given ‘eye-opener history lesson’ on Croke Park before semi-final

Written by on May 1, 2024

Northampton’s Irish strength and conditioning coach Eamonn Hyland gave a presentation on the ground’s background to the squad on Monday.

“I was pretty moved by the lesson and was sitting there with goosebumps,” Smith told BBC Radio Northampton.

“It was a real eye-opener for the history and how hostile it’s probably going to be.”

More than 82,000 fans are expected at a sold-out Croke Park, which last hosted a club rugby match in 2009, when Leinster defeated Munster 25-6 in an all-Irish European Cup semi-final on their way to winning the competition for the first time.

The stadium also staged rugby and football internationals between 2007 and 2010 during the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road venue, which became the Aviva Stadium.

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