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How Ryan Tubridy's brother prevented New Zealand try against Ireland in 1989

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy

A BALL boy whose memorable intervention at a rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand in 1989 has been identified as RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy's brother.

With New Zealand taking on Ireland in an Autumn International game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, rugby fans have been looking back at past clashes between the sides.

And footage of the moment where a ball boy prevented a New Zealand try against Ireland has become a hit online - racking up more than 150,000 views within a day of being posted on the All Blacks' Facebook page.

The ball boy, then aged 13, went onto the pitch at Lansdowne Road to alert the referee that a New Zealand try should not be counted.

The referee had not spotted that a touch judge had his flag up to signal an infringement.

Speaking on his RTÉ Radio 1 show yesterday morning, Tubridy told listeners the ball boy in the video is his brother, Garrett.

"I just think it's a really cute story and it's gone wild online. And Garrett's now a man. A very good man," the Late Late Show presenter said.

"And he ended up running the Women's Rugby World Cup last year, and doing very well as it turns out. So it was always meant to be."

However, Garrett's initiative was not enough to prevent defeat for Ireland, with New Zealand winning the match 23-6.

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