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‘He played everything from rugby, soccer, Gaelic football, hurling and basketball’ – The rise of Ulster’s Cormac Izuchukwu

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Rising star is enjoying a fine run of form to put himself in Ireland frame

Cormac Izuchukwu of Ulster celebrates with friends after the URC win over Leinster at Kingspan Stadium last month. Photo: Sportsfile

If Cormac Izuchukwu ever gets a chance to stop and reflect on the roller-coaster journey that has led him to starting a URC quarter-final for Ulster against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium this evening, he will be able to pinpoint a few sliding-doors moments.

Firstly, there was his mother Catriona Dooley’s (a relative of legendary hurlers Johnny, Joe and Billy) decision to leave London for Offaly, initially to her hometown of Kilcormac before moving to Tullamore, when Cormac, whose father is Nigerian, was eight.

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