Wednesday 7 December 2016

Keith Wood takes up new role with Munster rugby

Published 12/10/2016 | 02:30

Former Ireland captain Keith Wood Picture: Sportsfile
Former Ireland captain Keith Wood Picture: Sportsfile

Former Ireland captain Keith Wood has been appointed to Munster's non-executive commercial board.

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Wood has been added to the 17-strong board along with Killian Hurley as his native province look to strengthen their earning power and commercial strength off the pitch.

The commercial board was established in 2013 to provide strategic guidance, advice and support to Munster's existing branch committee structures and management team and is chaired by Niall FitzGerald.

Wood played for Munster and Harlequins during an illustrious playing career that saw the hooker amass 58 caps for his country as well as starring on the 1997 and 2001 Lions tours.

Meanwhile, Leinster's Jack McGrath will appear at a free event at Lansdowne RFC this evening to discuss mental well-being with his former team-mate Shane Jennings, Ireland women's international Hannah Tyrrell and clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy.

The discussion will be chaired by ex-Ireland prop Marcus Horan and is part of IRUPA's 'Tackle your feelings' campaign.

McGrath fronted the campaign last year when he opened up about the death of his brother to suicide.

"It was like a gas valve releasing when I started to speak about how I felt," he said.

"It can be the smallest thing that you say to somebody that can make you feel better.

"The longer you keep it bottled up, the worse it is going to get. Nobody is going to slag you for feeling a certain way. It is human nature.

"After what happened to my brother, I think it's really important to be open about mental health."

The event gets under way at 6.30 and attendees must register at http://bit.ly/2djbaNv.

Irish Independent

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