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Alone It Stands

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By John Breen

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On October 31, 1978, Munster played the mighty All Blacks, the undisputed kings of rugby. Munster played as if their lives depended on it, and even the earthworms in the Limerick pitch were cheering for them. The Goliaths didn’t know what had hit them: the score was 12-0 to the Irish side.

A multitude of different stories weave together to tell the tale of the hype and, indeed, nervousness running up to and during the big match. Stories of birth, tragedy and building bonfires prevail, as the play charts the personal stories of various characters and their whereabouts on the momentous day.

In a virtuosic ensemble effort, six actors play 62 roles including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children, a dog and even the ball itself!