Saturday 15 December 2018

Where are they now? Gary Halpin (Dublin, 14/2/1966)

GARY HALPIN, a dual international sportsman, was educated at Rockwell College and the University of Manhattan. After winning four schools caps in 1983 and '84, athletics took over and he went to America on a sports scholarship and won the American Indoor Collegiate Championship in the hammer and represented Ireland in the 1987 World Athletics Championship.

Upon returning to Ireland in 1989, he joined Wanderers and toured North America with the Irish senior squad later that year. Twelve months later he made his full international debut when lining out at tight head against England at Twickenham. He subsequently joined London Irish and was a key member of the Irish team at the World Cup in South Africa in '95, lining out in the No 3 shirt against New Zealand, Wales and France. He scored his one and only try against the All Blacks (remember the finger wag) at Ellis Park in Ireland's opener.

Defeat to France at Durban in the quarter-final represented the eleventh and final cap of his five-year international rugby career. Having taught at St George's College, Weybridge before taking a break to sample professional rugby, Halpin now teaches and coaches rugby at the Oratory School just outside Reading where he is housemaster.

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