Get The Tissues Out As Tadhg Furlong Dedicates Lions Tour To Childhood Hero

Is someone chopping onions in here?

British and Irish Lions tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong will be dedicating this year’s tour of South Africa to two very special people in his life.

Furlong took up rugby from a young age and was earmarked for success from the very beginning and he owes that in part to his former coach, Godfrey Hill, who is sadly no longer with us.

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Godfrey’s wife, Peggy, also played a massive role in Furlong’s life growing up and the prop is dedicating his jersey to both her and the late coach as part of a new ‘Dedication’ series with kit sponsors, Vodafone.

“I’m dedicating my test jersey to Godfrey Hill,” Furlong said.

“Godfrey’s no longer with us so I’m dedicating it to his wife, Peggy. Godfrey and Peggy would have been the first port of call for so many hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of under 8s rugby players who came through the doors of New Ross Rugby Club. 

“I remember I used to be a quite… roundy chap! Maybe I was kind of bigger than everyone else when I was younger. And I remember him taking me off against some of the under 8s teams and I remember just being furious. But I suppose he just wanted to give everyone a go. That probably sums him up. 

Check out the moment below when Furlong broke the news to Peggy. Incredible stuff. From the ground up. This is what rugby is all about.