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When you are injured, even simple chores elude you.It was a disastrous afternoon and Oxford were thumped.The dressing-room gets an awful lot smaller as Ned Byrne and Willie Duggan arrive.Willie has a cigarette in his mouth; he surveys the room and fixes his gaze on Hugo. Willie had graduated magna cum laude in straight-talking from the University of 'This is the way it is'.
That was the thing about Willie, his mere presence on the field normally worked as a deterrent. When it came to someone taking liberties with one of his team-mates - well, you could do it once. The punch hit with such force that while this guy was holding my chin I could feel the blow reverberate through his body. I think he was pissed because he had hurt his paw dispensing justice. His game, as Fergus Slattery put it, was about "short-range physicality".
Hugo had been the Lions' Test starter at fullback for the tour of New Zealand in the summer of 1983 and the previous season had scored a memorable try at Twickenham while beating England en route to the Championship.
Hugo was captain of Oxford University that year and it was a matter of regret that he picked up a knee injury in an invitation game a week or so before the Varsity game.
Hugo shouldn't have played and did himself a disservice by trying to play. Everyone had watched the match, saw what had happened and passed on their commiserations - genuine mutterings, a tap on the shoulder and some sober reflection on the events of the day by the injured combatant. Dara had spent a life sentence in UCD doing dentistry and then medicine, no love lost for any of those "Trinity shites".
Dara's sense of fair play prevailed and his empathy for Hugo's travail on Tuesday was genuine.
Primarily, we remember Willie Duggan for what he did on the pitch.