AIL LUNCH – MARCH 25, 2017 D.U.F.C. v St MARYS SPEAKER: TONY WARD
12.30pm for 1pm
The Pavilion, College Park
One of most influential, recognisable and charismatic rugby players of his generation – Tony Ward represented Munster, Leinster, the Barbarians, Ireland and the Lions. He played his club rugby with Garryowen, St Marys and Greystones.
He won 19 caps for Ireland, making his debut in 1978 at 23 years old when he scored 38 points over his first season – a record for a debutante.
He inspired Munster to its win over the All Blacks in 1978, scoring 2 drop goals and a conversion in the 12-0 success.
He toured with the 1980 British & Irish Lions in South Africa and in one of the tests scored 18 points – a record for any player against South Africa.
His talents as an out half were recognized beyond Ireland when he was selected 1979 European Rugby Player of the Year.
Tony was a true footballing talent as he also played football for both Shamrock Rovers and Limerick United. In his last season with Rovers in 1974/75 he scored 6 league goals. In 1981 he played for Limerick United in the UEFA Cup and in 1982 he helped them win the FAI Cup.
Since retiring as a sportsman, Ward has worked as a sports journalist, most notably with the Irish Independent, and as a rugby commentator for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). While playing rugby he had been a geography and PE teacher in St Andrews secondary school and more recently has passed on his extensive knowledge and experience to young players as an SCT coach with both St Andrews and St Gerards, Bray.