Roy Keane has long been a big fan of the All Blacks, anytime they come to Ireland he always try’s to go to the matches. He was there last November where Ireland beat them at the Aviva Stadium. Former All Blacks player Wayne Smith admitted that the Cork man turned him off taking the England rugby job.
“Roy Keane came into the All Black environment for about a week in the build-up to a test match down in Wellington. He was an intriguing guy. We asked him if he would get up and talk to the boys at dinner.
“So he stood up and he said something really interesting. He talked about going from Man U to Celtic. It seems like it was a bit of a fingers to Fergie.
“He said as soon as he pulled the new jersey over his head he realised it was the wrong jersey. It made a real impression on me. I kept thinking about that.
“If I pulled the white jersey over my head would it be the right fit for me. And I decided at that point that I probably wouldn’t coach against the All Blacks.
“It’s not set in concrete. But that’s how I felt. It would have been the wrong jersey to pull over the head.”