AIL LUNCH – Feb 17, 2018 D.U.F.C. v BUCCANEERS SPEAKER: Ray McLoughlin
Ray McLoughlin, born in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, attended Garbally Park school and played rugby for UCD, Blackrock, Connaught, Ireland, the Barbarians and the British Lions.
He won 40 caps for Ireland, 7 as captain, as a prop between 1962and 1975 – an extraordinary 13 years.
He was also selected for the British & Irish Lions tours to Australia (1966) and New Zealand (1971) – when he disrupted his tour with a broken hand in the now infamous match against Canterbury.
Having graduated in Chemical Engineering from UCD he worked for the IDA but in 1973, while still playing for Ireland, he gained control of quoted shell company James Crean. Over the next two decades he grew it into a diversified industrial holding company, which at one time was one of the most valuable companies in the Irish Stock Exchange.
John Taylor, a fellow Lion in 1971, described him as “one of the best technicians the game has ever known”. His contributions in that regard have continued and in 2011 he co-authored a letter to world Rugby explaining how the then current scrimmaging laws ran contrary to the Laws of Physics.
One of the great thinkers about the game, we look forward to both his reminiscences and also his views on the current state of rugby.