A summersault 100th cap for centurion Earls

Centurion Keith Earls scores Ireland's fifth try against England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin yesterday (Saturday). Photo: Brendan Moran.

THE current most famous sporting son of Limerick marked his 100th appearance with Ireland in truly spectacular form in Saturday’s comfortable World Cup warm-up win over England (29-10) in an electrified Aviva Stadium. 

Keith Earls had led the side out before kick-off accompanied by his three daughters (Ella-May, Laurie, and Emie) and the reception he received on entering the game in the second half was magic and yet soon to be eclipsed by the roar as he tumbled head over heels for his score.

“Obviously the story of the day, it’s very fitting that Keith gets his 100th cap and we make sure that he does that with a ‘W’, and also him scoring a try in Keith Earls style in the corner as well just made the day for everybody really,” commented coach Andy Farrell. 

“It was a tough week, I suppose, with all the attention on the 100th cap but look, I’m delighted I’ve done it,” Earls told RTÉ. 

“I tried to get my wife (Edel) and my kids to stay away, to stay in the background, but they told me I’d regret it (if I did).

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“I’m happy that I’ve done it now and it’s all worked out well.”