Galwey refuses to get carried away by win
February 21, 2000
Veteran forward Mick Galwey felt empathy towards the host of young, fresh faces making their debuts in Ireland's glorious return to winning ways.
The five new caps all had their moments as the Irish ended their depressing sequence of defeats against Scotland with a stunning 44-22 triumph at Lansdowne Road.
Galwey, one of the few present-day players able to vividly recall Ireland's previous win over the Scots way back in 1988, is enjoying a new lease of life at the age of 33 and played a starring role in Saturday's stirring
backs-to-the-wall triumph. "It was particularly pleasing for the five new caps," said Galwey. "They all did exceptionally well and there was a bit of fresh air about the whole thing."
"I was delighted to be involved. It was my first start since 95 and it was great to play at Lansdowne Road. I never gave up hope, I always had aspirations to wear the Irish jersey again and I'll be there as long as I'm needed."
Galwey, who rated Saturday's remarkable win alongside the famous triumph over England in 93, is a certainty to collect his 27th cap against Italy on Saturday week when Ireland aim to put together back-to-back championship wins for the first time for seven years.
Ireland captain Keith Wood, who led his men to victory for the first time at the 11th attempt, has no doubt about the value of the popular Shannon lock to the national team.
"Mick Galwey is a young fella," said Wood. "Anybody who knows Mick knows he has a youthful attitude to life. He thought he was gone from international rugby but his experience counted for an awful lot.''
It was Ireland's first championship win in Dublin since 1996, their first over the Scots for 12 years and only a late rally by the shell-shocked visitors denied them a record winning margin.
However, the result may still not be enough to keep Gatland in the job and the players are determined not to get carried away.
"At this stage you have to win your home internationals," said Galwey. "A lot of heads were on the line but everybody came up trumps. We won't get carried away with the win. We've only one win under our belts
and we're not looking any further than the Italy game."