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Matthews to lead NCI

Former Triple Crown winning Irish rugby captain, Dr Philip Matthews, has been appointed as college president of the National College of Ireland (NCI).

The governing body of the college said that Dr Matthews will succeed Dr Paul Mooney from the end of February.

Dr Matthews joins NCI from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, where he was director of executive education.

He was a member of the Triple Crown winning team in 1985 and still commentates for the BBC.

Dr Matthews led Ireland 13 times in all, including in the 1991 World Cup and was a key component in the winning back row of eight, before going on to take over the captaincy of the Irish side in his 18th international against Western Samoa in 1988.

A PhD graduate of Queen's University Belfast, Dr Matthews has a wealth of industry experience from senior management roles in the pharmaceutical and consulting industries.

The NCI anticipates that the number of people looking to upgrade and re-engineer their skills will increase substantially and their student numbers will continue to grow.

Dr Matthews will head up staff and almost 5,000 full and part-time students at the college.

"I am delighted and very proud to be joining National College of Ireland," he said.

The outgoing college president, Dr Mooney, is returning to a management consulting role.