Tuesday 20 March 2018

No drama from Lorcan Dow as he heads to top of stage with Ireland under-20s

Belfast is home now for Lorcan Dow, where he is in the Ulster academy and also studying at Queen's University. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Belfast is home now for Lorcan Dow, where he is in the Ulster academy and also studying at Queen's University. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

If Lorcan Dow had continued as a football goalkeeper then a canny manager might have been tempted to send him to the opposition box in the hope of winning a penalty, for acting is in the DNA of this young man who is tipped by many to go the whole way.

Both of Dow's parents are actors: his father John Dow has appeared in Eastenders and The Bill and his mother Anna Healy graced the stage in Dublin and London.

There isn't much rugby in the genes but as the family moved back and forth between Dublin and London, the sport got a grip of him and he has never looked back.

"I think my uncle played a bit. My dad has never really been into rugby much but I had a bit too much energy as a child and my dad brought me down to

the local rugby club," explains Dow, an Ireland U-20s ever-present this season who will again be a key man as they bid for their second win of the World Championship against Scotland in Calvisano today.

"I think I was four and I went down to Wanderers in Dublin. That is how I started."

He moved between schools and clubs as his parents' work took them various places but after being hooked into the Exiles set-up in Britain, Ulster moved quickly and signed him.

"My dad would have been in a lot of TV stuff. He would have been in the Bill and made appearances in Eastenders and bits and bobs like that.

"My mom would have been in theatre and would have done stuff in the Gaiety and Abbey in Dublin and the Globe in London. That is their background really, a performers' background."

His mother is from Derry and his dad is English and they have family all over the place, but home now is Belfast, where he is in the Ulster academy and also studying at Queen's.

"I got selected for the Irish youths, having been picked for that through the Exiles," he explains.

"The provinces look at those guys and Allen Clarke asked me to come up for a trial during the summer and gave me a contract off the back of that.

"I've been in Belfast for just under two years now. It has been a great experience, great learning curve for me really. Just being independent on my own feet and yeah just loving every moment.

"I have played Ulster Ravens so far. I had a good bit of experience last year and started a couple of games this year at the tail-end,so hopefully just try and push on from here after this tournament," adds Dow, who tips the scales at over 17 stone and stands almost 6ft 3ins.


Victory today against the Scots would leave Ireland with a top-of-the-table decider against New Zealand on Wednesday evening, but Dow knows they will have their work cut out, having been beaten 17-10 in the final game of the Six Nations in Netherdale.

"We have got a point to prove against these guys. We were unhappy with the way it went in the Six Nations with them in particular. We have got a bone to pick and we will see how we fare.

"I suppose in the back of our minds we know New Zealand are coming but we just want to take it one game at a time.

"Against Scotland, it is really important that we get our stuff right and if we do that then we put ourselves in a good position for New Zealand."

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