Mack Hansen is Ireland’s favourite Australian – and could become a national sporting hero in green with a grand slam rugby triumph this weekend.
Mack the Aussie knife ready to strike for Ireland
Mack Hansen loves the craic, can’t help speaking his wandering mind and makes people howl with laughter even when dropping the odd F-word.
Oh yes, and he also happens to play rugby like a dream which, as a package, makes it little wonder that he’s become Ireland’s favourite Aussie.
And come Saturday night, the moustachioed Canberra flyer, now a cult figure in his adopted home, may well have joined their band of national sports heroes if he can help the men in green beat England to win only the fourth Six Nations grand slam in their history.
For in the world’s No.1 team, Hansen has become the joker beyond the pack, the winger with the X-factor who’s been so outstanding with his creating, finishing and defence that he was player of the match in both recent wins over Italy and Scotland.