Wednesday 24 January 2018

Everyone's favourite bagman 'Rala' O'Reilly has a lofty new position in Irish rugby

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

He may not be working with the national team any longer but Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly isn't done with Irish rugby just yet.

Rala retired as the Irish squad's bagman after the World Cup following 21 years of excellent service. He was often cited as a key part of the team's make-up, with his light hearted manner proving a crucial contrast to the pressure of international rugby.

Players like Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll have often spoken fondly of unwinding in Rala's room while eating a few sweets before some of Ireland's biggest games.

It would be a tragedy to lose him from the sport completely, but thankfully, he isn't done with rugby just yet.

Terenure RFC announced tonight that Rala has been elected as the the team's president.

Somehow we think that the club's players won't tape their new president to a chair and send him downstairs in a hotel lift like the Irish team once did.

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