Saturday 17 February 2018

Another farm-reared rugby hero

Ireland's rugby team that lost to the Scots last time out had at least five notable farm-born starters - Court, Best, Ross and O'Brien in the pack plus Rob Kearney at full back.

But surely the most famous farming- cum-rugby man in the history of the Irish game was Gerry Culliton of Clonaslee, Co Laois, who passed away late last year.

Born in 1936, the youngest of a family of 11 girls and two boys, Gerry learned his rugby at Roscrea College where he was also a brilliant hurler, all round sportsman and Leinster Schools high jump champion.

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