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From Bressie to Mossie: 15 Munster v Leinster blasts from the past

It’s not all Brian O’Driscoll sidesteps and clutch Ronan O’Gara penalties you know.

THIS EVENING’S PRO12 clash between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road will be the 28th time the inter-pro rivals have clashed in the professional era.

More than 300 players have taken part in the matches since 1995 and, while we know all about O’Driscoll, O’Connell, D’Arcy and O’Gara, many faces and surnames have faded with time. Here are some warriors from battles past.

Chris Pim (Leinster flanker)

Chris Pim celebrates victory

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Pim, celebrating with the interpro cup in 1995, captained Leinster in their first ever European Cup game. He now resides in Kilkenny.

Sean McCahill (Munster centre)

Pat Duignan tackled by Sean McCahill

Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

Brother of All Blacks great Bernie McCahill, Sean (seen here tackling Connacht’s Pat Duignan) played one game for Ireland in 1995.

Ian Murray (Munster prop)

Ger Earls and Ian Murray 29/1/2000

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Murray goes at it with Ger Earls, father of Keith, in a 2000 AIL match between Young Munster and Cork Con.

Barry Everitt (Leinster out-half)

Barry Everitt 3/9/1999

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Starting off with Lansdowne RFC, Everitt was promoted to the Leinster senior squad and moved on to London Irish. He represented Ireland at ‘A’ level.

Tom Tierney (Munster scrum-half)

Tom Tierney

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Tierney moved on to Leicester Tigers and played against Munster in the Heineken Cup. He moved back to Ireland after signing for Connacht and played on until 2008. This season, he coached the Ardscoil Ris side that reached the Munster Schools Senior Cup.

Jason Jones Hughes (Munster centre)

Keith Gleeson 5/9/2003

Source: INPHO

The three-times capped Wales international, pictured here helping Alan Quinlan to tackle Keith Gleeson, finished his playing career with Munster in 2003/04. Born in Australia and part of the Wales 1999 World Cup squad, injury curtailed his career at 28.

Niall Breslin (Leinster flanker)

Niall Breslin

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

After injury shortened his promising career, ‘Bressie’ made a name for himself in the music business and is now one of the judges on The Voice.

Ben Gissing (Leinster lock)

Ben Gissing gets away from Adam Jones

Source: ©INPHO

The Kiwi played in Italy before spending four years at Leinster and finishing his career with Edinburgh. He then became player-coach with Skerries.

Mossie Lawlor (Munster winger)

Mossy Lawlor 14/9/2007

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The versatile back scored a try in Munster’s bonus point win over Leinster in February 2004. Had a short stint with Wasps before returning to Ireland to play club rugby with UL Bohemians.

Fosi Pala’amo (Leinster prop)

Fosi Pala'amo

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The Samoan played just five times for Leinster in 2006/07, with his most noteworthy contribution a yellow card against Ulster.

Justin Melck (Munster flanker)

Justin Melck 20/9/2008

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

The South African back-row arrived on a short-term deal in 2008 but certainly made an impression, including a try-scoring appearance against Leinster. He moved on to Saracens and was last seen in Ireland taking on Leinster in a 2011 Heineken Cup clash.

Harry Vermaas (Leinster hooker)

Harry Vermaas and Paul O'Connell 6/10/2006

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Just the one season for the South African hooker — 2006/07 — as he played back-up to Bernard Jackman. Started four games and was a sub in 10 others. Now playing in France with AS Béziers after a three-season stint back in South Africa with Boland.

Simon Kerr (Munster prop)

Simon Kerr 6/2/2004

Source: INPHO

The Australian was 32 when he arrived from Queensland Reds in 2002 after Alan Gaffney alerted the province to his availability. Stuck around for two seasons.

Matt Leek (Leinster outhalf)

Jeremy Staunton and Matt Leek 5/9/2003

Source: INPHO

The Londoner, pictured here with Munster’s Jeremy Staunton, played 21 games for Leinster over two seasons and contributed 69 points, including three tries. Now involved with corporate hospitality ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Anton Pitout (Munster winger)

Rory Best and Anton Pitout 3/12/2005

Source: ©INPHO

The South African [tackling a very hairy Rory Best in 2005] arrived in 2005 but failed to make a lasting impression.

And, as a bonus, here is Eddie Hekenui in action for Leinster in 2001:

Eddie Hekenui and John O'Neill

'See you later John O'Neill'.

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

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