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QUIZ: How well do you remember Croke Park's rugby and soccer days?

10 years have passed since international rugby darkened the doors of GAA HQ.

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THERE WERE ECSTATIC highs and gut-churning lows when Ireland’s association and rugby football teams set up shop on Jones’ Road.

A decade on from the last rugby fixture played in Croke Park, how well do you remember that glorious period of cross-sport co-operation?

What was number one in the Irish charts when Croke Park last hosted rugby?
Telephone -- Beyonce and Lady GaGa
Gave it all away -- BoyZone

California Gurls -- Katy Perry
Ice Ice Baby -- Jedward
Which of these players did not play for the Republic of Ireland at Croke Park?
Wes Hoolahan
Stephen Ireland

Lee Carsley
Sean St Ledger
Can you name the first rugby union try-scorer when Croke Park opened its doors to the Six Nations?
Brian O'Driscoll
Vincent Clerc

Sebastian Chabal
Raphael Ibanez
And the first Irish try-scorer?
Brian O'Driscoll
Shane Horgan

Ronan O'Gara
Girvan Dempsey
Can you recall dastardly scorer of the winning try in the first rugby match played in Croke Park?
Christophe Dominici
Vincent Clerc

Yannick Jauzion
Sylvain Marconnet
Two months after rugby was played under the Hogan Stand, football took its turn. Who was the first goalscorer at Croke Park when Republic of Ireland hosted Wales?
Ryan Giggs
Stephen Ireland

Robbie Keane
Robert Earnshaw
Steve Staunton's Ireland managed to keep it tight in the early days at Croke Park, who scored the first goal for a visiting team?
Stelios Okkarides
Lukasz Podolski

Ryan Giggs
Martin Skrtel
Whose last-gasp strike then saved Ireland from an embarrassing defeat in that game?
Robbie Keane
Steve Finnan

Stephen Hunt
Stephen Ireland
Cyprus were beaten at Croke Park in Giovanni Trapattoni's first competitive win. Can you remember where Ireland, in unusual circumstances, opened the qualifying campaign?

The most famous Croke Park moment was surely the landmark Six Nations win over England in 2007. What was the final score?

Who was the gracious England captain that day?
Martin Johnson
Martin Corry

Lawrence Dallaglio
Andy Farrell
Ireland played 14 rugby Tests at Croke Park. Can you guess how many losses they suffered?

Trapattoni's first loss in charge of ROI was a very well-attended, high-scoring friendly against which country?

Against then World Champions Italy in 2009, whose outstanding (and out of character) curling effort gave Ireland the lead?
Aiden McGeady
Liam Lawrence

Richard Dunne
Glenn Whelan
Which of these players did not score a try in the win over France that kick-started the 2009 Grand Slam?
Brian O'Driscoll
Gordon Darcy

Jamie Heaslip
Tommy Bowe
One rugby match over the three-year period was not an international Test, but a European Cup semi-final. Who won it?
One non-Gaelic Game has been played at Croke Park since March 20 2010. Who won that one?
Notre Dame
Chicago Bears

Penn State
Who scored the only goal when Brazil visited Croker in 2008?
Julio Baptista

Luis Fabiano
On this day 10 years ago, Ireland's rugby team lost their final Croke Park match. Who scored the dramatic late penalty?
Dan Parks
Chris Patterson

Stephen Jones
Gavin Henson
Events in the days that followed cast a far longer shadow, but who scored the last goal in a soccer match played at Croke Park?
Thierry Henry
Zinedine Zidane

Nicolas Anelka
Lassana Diarra
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
John Hayes' salty tears
Lap up the salty goodness, you've earned it with that quiz performance.
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Trap's sharp suit
Impressive display, but you struggled to apply the finishing touches.
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The 2008 trough
Listen, it was a tough time for us all. There's signs of better days to come.
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I thought you said, 'you're the boss, you're the gaffer and what you say goes'?
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