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21st Jun 2018

WATCH: Irish rugby team physio leaves Tadhg Kennelly in stitches with Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh impression

Kate Demolder

“You’re looking in great shape. You’ve cut the hair.”

The Irish rugby team is in Sydney to take on Australia this Saturday morning in the third and final test of the summer series, you can see the team Joe Schmidt has named for the encounter here.

During a rare day off in the city before their final training session on Thursday, Joe Schmidt’s side were given the chance to get an insight into Aussie rules with a trip to visit the Sydney Cricket Ground, home of AFL side Sydney Swans.

Conducting the tour of the grounds that day was none other than familiar face Tadhg Kennelly; Listowel-native, former Kerry footballer and currently a coach with the Swans.

Kennelly, who returned to AFL following a stint with the Kerry footballers in 2009, was only delighted to get the chance to exercise his (Australian tinged) Kerry brogue with Killarney native and Ireland team physio Colm Fuller.

Fuller, who is a chartered physiotherapist and an expert in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, previously worked with the Kerry football team before taking up the role of physio with the IRFU.

He’s known throughout sporting circles for his incredible impressionist capabilities, and this time, he brought yet another Kerryman to the forefront – Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

Clip via Irish Rugby TV

The clip featuring his sensational impression has gone somewhat viral on social media, garnering a lot of attention from Irish fans of both comedy and sport.

Fuller even managed to claim an endorsement from Kerry GAA itself, no mean feat.

It seems no matter how far you travel, you’ll never be too far from a Kerry accent.

One can only hope that Ó Muircheartaigh himself manages to catch a glimpse of the impression, completing the Kingdom trifecta like only he could.