Tuesday 13 November 2018

Where are they now? Fergus Aherne (Cork 16/3/63)

Gus Aherne was educated at CBC, Cork and UCC where he led the Leeside students to a Munster Senior League success in 1985 as well as representing the Irish Universities. He also played for Dolphin but, after graduating as a Civil Engineer, he joined Lansdowne.

He gained his first senior Ireland cap in the Millennium international against England in 1988 and held his place for 11 consecutive games, scoring his first and only try against Italy at Lansdowne Road that same year. In a highly competitive era for the scrum-half position, he vied with Michael Bradley, Alain Rolland and Rob Saunders for the No 9 slot.

He also took part in four senior international tours to France ('88), Canada and the US ('89), Namibia ('91) and New Zealand ('92). Between 1988 and 1992, he played for Ireland 17 times, making his final appearance in the 17-42 to Australia in Dublin in October '92.

Today, still based in Dublin, he can be found supporting Leinster and Munster in the Celtic League and Heineken Cup with his direct involvement confined to coaching at under-age and mini rugby levels.

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