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Armstrong is his typically modest self here. Yes, it was said of him that he'd have run through a brick wall for Scotland, but he insists that so would Nike Roshe Run Us Sale
captained a flamboyant Scotland to the last ever Five Nations in 1999 and in eight encounters never lost to Ireland, tomorrow's opponents at Murrayfield. He recalls a great fixture, keenly contested. "The games were aye close, weren't they?" (Apart from the 30 13 win by '99's tries for fun team; even in the defeat at Twickers three were scored). "We were similar sides. Ireland had some real Nike Roshe Run Shoe Palace characters in theirs, guys who're still friends, and we had a great crack with them, especially in Dublin. Nick Popplewell I played with at Newcastle tight as a moose's lug but a good guy. Donal Lenihan Donal's Donuts Nike Roshe Run Us 7
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each and every one of his team mates. Maybe in Armstrong's case, however, the qualification could be added: he might have built the wall as well. His rugby and here we're still talking the last days of amateurism had to be fitted round 12 hour shifts on the lorry though once again he's not seeking our sympathy. He reckons all that hard graft provided him with a quality of fitness he'd never have found in a gym. "When I came back up the road from Newcastle to play for the Border Reivers our fitness coach handed me a diary. 'Keep a note of your weights,' she said. I never filled in one page. 'When I stop doing it out on the field you can have a go at me,' I said. That kind of training only produces gym monkeys, guys competing over how much they can lift.
I had a lot of natural strength from working on a farm from the age .
"In the old days you got an injury and carried on. You were so desperate to get that Scotland jersey over your head that you didn't want to have to take it off early. " By old days he means the amateur era. "The knocks I'm talking about would bring a guy off now. "There was one year when I played game after game with my elbow strapped up. In that 6 6 draw I did my thumb. 'Just pit some bloody tape on it,' I told the doc. " Ruptured tendons were only discovered after Armstrong had completed the full 80 minutes. Jim Telfer remarked: "When it comes to encountering pain, Gary just isn't a normal human being. " But even he had to admit defeat to the more serious injures, especially one to his cruciate ligament, which caused him to miss the World Cup in South Africa and the Lions tour there.
tour Steve Smith the hooker was our Guinness man and in every new town would scout ahead for it, chatting up the barmaids: 'If I bring the Lions in here will you give us free pints?'"A typically tight match was Scotland's 13 10 victory in the Slam year. Tighter still was the 6 6 draw in '94, one of Armstrong's best ever games in the dark blue. In '91 the Scots beat their old foes twice, the scrum half nicking a try in the World Cup clash. Injuries interrupted Armstrong's Irish jousts for a bit before he returned for a 17 16 win in '98. Sometimes, though, he'd get hurt and kept on playing.
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