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Kilkenny legend Richie Hogan takes on Southampton stars in skills test

Hogan and Shane Long last clashed during the 2004 Minors, when James Ward-Prowse was nine.

Image: Steve Bardens

RICHIE HOGAN AND Shane Long had last clashed during the 2004 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship, but they recently renewed hostilities at Southampton’s training ground.

The seven-time All-Ireland winner bested Long and Tipp at Croke Park in ’04 but, 13 years on, graciously visited Staplewood to grant the Gortnahoe man his shot at redemption in the Sure Pressure Challenge as part of the #NeverMoreSure campaign.

Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, as well as England international James Ward-Prowse and recent first team inductee Jack Stephens, joined Long on their turf, with Sure ambassador Hogan embarking upon a quixotic solo mission to best them in both sports.

Spoiler: it results in Long demanding that Hogan shine his boots, but were it not for the four-time All Star’s profligacy while dribbling the bigger ball, it might well have transpired differently.

This year, Sure announced its second year as Official Statistics Partner of the GAA with its new campaign; ‘Never More Sure’, trusted by GAA players. The campaign aspires ​to bring ​’​pressure moments to life​’. ​

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