Saturday 20 January 2018

TD hobbles back to work after breaking leg in match

Anthony Lawlor was back to work at Leinster House after breaking his leg.
Anthony Lawlor was back to work at Leinster House after breaking his leg.

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

A Fine Gael TD is back at work in the Dail after breaking a bone in his leg during a rugby match against English politicians.

Anthony Lawlor was going into a ruck to get the ball back from the House of Commons team in a match played before the Ireland v England Six Nations clash last Sunday.

But he was driven back by the opposition and the pressure it put on his ankle broke a bone in his leg.

"The problem was that my brain was thinking I still had a body that was 20 years younger. It's more awkward than anything else. But I'll get around," he said.

The Kildare North TD used to play rugby with Naas, but his last competitive game had been back in 1993. He was back at work in the Dail yesterday, with his cast having been replaced by a special boot.

"These things happen. It could happen to anyone," he said.

Mr Lawlor had to leave the field after getting injured but did not think it was serious. It was only the following morning that an x-ray in his local hospital in Naas confirmed that the fibula was broken.

The Dail team, which included Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, beat the House of Commons team 19-5. But in a tough battle at the Old Belvedere rugby club in Dublin, an English player also broke his ankle.

Irish Independent

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