Message from the Club Captain – Iain McGann
It’s with great pride that I accept the privilege of being named Old Wesley Club Captain for the 2021/22 season. Hopefully it will be a case of third time lucky, having been captain for the past two seasons, both of which were cut short due to Covid. Having joined the club back at mini rugby level, it’s an honour to again be appointed Club Captain.
I’d like to start by welcoming all coaches, players, supporters and visiting teams to Donnybrook. Last season was short and sweet to say the least – following a full pre-season, the provincial Energia Series was introduced prior to Christmas, with a reduced AIL schedule proposed for the New Year. Unfortunately, owing to Covid, we only got to play three games in the Energia Series – a tight win over UCD, a narrow loss to Lansdowne and a win against Old Belvedere. Unfortunately, no spectators were permitted at any of the games. Playing our final game of the season in October was certainly not something we had envisaged. The entire senior squad is extremely excited to get going again in advance of a season which, all going well, will return us to some sort of normality, both on and off the field. We’re particularly keen to be able to re-engage with our members over a post-match pint in the clubhouse, something which I’m sure everyone will agree is well overdue. It will be great to see some familiar faces on Saturday afternoons again.
To all our club sponsors, in particular Savills, I would like to extend a massive thank you for your continued support. Sponsorship in the current climate is far from a given – we truly do appreciate the support we receive from all our sponsors which enables the club to run smoothly.
I would like to wish all players, coaches, managers and volunteers – from minis right up to senior level – all the best for the upcoming season. I’m hopeful that we’ll have plenty of success to celebrate throughout the club during the year.
I wish to extend (another) welcome to this year’s Club President, Nigel Poff, who remains in place having held not so much as a pre-match lunch last season! Both myself and Nigel are extremely excited at what the upcoming season holds, and I’d like to congratulate him on his appointment, and wish him the very best for the year.
Iain McGann – Captain
Old Wesley Rugby Football Club 2021-22
Iain played his first rugby with Old Wesley as a 7 year old mini player. After attending Wesley College he rejoined the club in 2009 as an Under 20s player, also gaining AIL honours in his first season. Apart from a year spent abroad Iain has been a member of our senior squad ever since. Iain is married to Eleanor, who he met in Australia, and she, along with his parents Joe and Hilary, are regular attendees at his matches.