Twenty years ago Larne RFC embarked on an ambitious tour to Australia which they commemorated several weeks ago with a reunion dinner at their Glynn clubhouse.
Those were different days when the team embarked on their three week tour on Saturday 4th July 1998.
Rugby Union had just turned professional, in 1995, and the “super” clubs and the unions were still squabbling over the distribution of riches. England had been threatened with exclusion from the then Five Nations the year before after their deal with Sky Sports and Scotland had just formed two professional Super Districts, Edinburgh Reivers and Glasgow Caledonians. Bath became the first English team to win the Heineken Cup but English clubs did not play in the 1999 tournament . . .