Flannery’s throw a hit with 50,000 on-line views

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

HE may have been forced out of the Rugby World Cup due to a calf injury but there is clearly nothing wrong with hooker Jerry Flannery’s throwing abilities.

HE may have been forced out of the Rugby World Cup due to a calf injury but there is clearly nothing wrong with hooker Jerry Flannery’s throwing abilities.

The Munster and Ireland star has become somewhat of an on-line sensation in recent days thanks to his team-mate Paul O’Connell who uploaded footage of the Limerick man lobbing a rugby ball into a bin from some distance.

The feat is made all the more spectacular given the fact that the hooker had a cap pulled down over his eyes during the throw.

Over 20,000 people have viewed the 18-second clip on the on-line social networking site, Twitter, while another 27,000 have viewed the footage on the video sharing website, YouTube.

Flannery was ruled out of the World Cup in New Zealand a fortnight ago after he tore his calf muscle while training in Auckland as he prepared for his Ireland’s pivotal Pool C game against Australia.

And many supporters have lamented the loss of his pinpoint accuracy, as seen in the video footage.

”The World Cup is losing out on not having the world’s best line-out thrower in action! Gwan de fla!!!” (sic), reads one comment.

“Legend. Big Loss,” reads another. “Sheer class. This is what Ireland will be missing for their RWC,” reads yet another comment.

This isn’t the first time that the Limerick city publican has made an impact through on-line media; in 2009 he created quite a stir when he was captured marching through the streets of Auckland in a tight pink top, blowing a fog horn and holding a sign which read “my hair is more important than timekeeping”– apparently his punishment for losing a bet.

He also starred in Limerick Uncovered – an on-line ‘mockumentary’ satirising some of the myths about Limerick.

In recent years Flannery has been beset by injuries, mostly to his calves.

Now the Limerick man is now set for another lengthy spell in the treatment room.