Guest Speaker: Fiona Coughlan, Irelands most successful Rugby Captain.

Navan Rotary Club were privileged to have Fiona Coghlan as their guest speaker on Tuesday 14th November 2017. President Marie Mullooly welcomed Fiona to the Club and stated that we were very fortunate to have such a high profile player as our guest speaker.

Fiona now retired gave a brief résumé of her rugby career which was both enlightening and entertaining.

The Clontarf woman, who works as a PE and maths teacher in Lucan, took over the Irish captaincy from Sarahjane Belton in 2008 and was installed in the role permanently two years later.

One of Irelands most experienced and influential players, Fiona famously captained Ireland to an historic Womens Grand Slam in 2013 and first-ever wins over England and New Zealand.

A real rock of the Irish pack, the workhorse prop took up rugby in college at UL and continued to line out for Bohemians at club level as well as her native province Leinster.

Fiona also had the privilege of leading out the first ever Barbarians Womens team into action against Munster at Thomond Park.

Deservedly voted the 2013 Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year, Fiona has now played over 85 times for her country.

Story by: S.Rowe

 



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