22 Apr 2018
UCD Rugby Irish Rugby defence coach, Andy Farrell was the guest of honour as over 500 guests were present at the annual black tie Rugby dinner in O’Reilly Hall.
With CEO of Drury Communications and long standing clubman, Billy Murphy as the master of ceremonies, UCD Rugby Club President Terry Buckley, welcomed the many guests including UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks and thanked them for their continued support.
The audience, made up of former players and team mates, rugby club presidents from clubs across the country, Leinster and Irish rugby personnel as well as corporate guests, were treated to a number of surprises on the night including the 6 Nations trophy and the triple crown on display.
We were also delighted to have Leinster and Ireland stars Garry Ringrose, Josh Van Der Flier, Dan Leavy and James Ryan present on the night as proud sports scholars clubmen of UCD and UCD RFC. Just off the back of the Grand Slam victory and ready for the European campaign, the boys were presented with a token of appreciation on stage, for being present on the night.
UCD Rugby clubman and world expert video analyst, Vinny Hammond lead the interview with Andy Farrell who kept the audience encaptivated with his stories of his move from rugby league to union and most interestingly coming up against his son Owen when Ireland are playing England.
Andy also spoke of a charity “Joining Jack” on the night of which he is a huge supporter of and ambassador of.
Equally supportive, when Owen Farrell scores points he locks a finger in each hand together into ‘Js’ and locks them together to represent ‘Joining Jack’, to raise awareness and help fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The charity was set up after young Jack Johnson had been diagnosed with the condition. The Johnson family are from Wigan and Jack’s father Andy was a professional rugby league player who spent many seasons at Wigan with Andy Farrell.
The night was once again a great success and a great night had by all.