Coosan native, Robbie Henshaw, has been named in the 2021 British AND Irish Lions squad that will take on world champions South Africa next July.
Henshaw is one of eight Ireland players included in the 37 man squad with his good friend and former Connacht teammate, Bundee Aki, being the real surprise ‘bolter’. Conor Murray is the third Irish back while five Ireland forwards - Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Andrew Porter, Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne - will make the trip.
This will be Robbie’s second Lions tour, the Leinster star having played in the series draw with the All Blacks in New Zealand four years ago when he was Lion number 824.
Then, the Athlonian’s appearances were hampered by injury and Henshaw will be hopeful of test appearances this time round. On current form he looks a sure starter against the Springboks whose physicality will pose a massive challenge (as will the altitude for a number of games ) for the tourists.
It will be interesting if he renews his centre partnership with Aki in any of the key fixtures; the duo were highly impressive in Ireland’s recent victory over England.
The 27 year old Coosan native has played 52 times for Ireland scoring eight tries in his already award laden career. All at Buccaneers are thrilled and filled with pride with this latest honour for the unassuming classy player who still keeps in regular contact with his home club.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this will be an even more challenging series than ever. His musical prowess could prove invaluable in whatever downtime the players may have! We wish Robbie a very successful tour and have no doubt that he will relish and be well able for the challenges in South Africa.
Bundee Aki becomes Connacht’s fourth Lion, one of his predecessors being Ray McLoughlin who toured in both 1966 and 1971. Ray also played with Athlone RFC although not at the same time as when he was capped by the Lions.
Buccaneers Rugby Summer Camp
Buccaneers rugby summer camp will take place in August at Dubarry Park. The camp is for boys and girls aged 7 to 12 years and will be held on Monday, August 9 to Friday, August 13, from 9.30am to 12.30pm daily. The camp will be compliant with all IRFU Covid-19 regulations. Cost is €70 and every participant will receive a free rugby ball and t-shirt.
Boys and girls can have fun, keep fit, learn skills and make new friends at the Buccaneers camp. Early booking is recommended. To do so, contact the club’s Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 or email her at [email protected].
Michelle McLaughlin is the first May winner in Buccaneers RFC 50/50 Draw and her prize is €155. Thanks to all who are supporting this weekly draw.
Cash for Clobber
Buccaneers ‘Cash for Clobber’ is ongoing and will continue throughout the summer. The latest collection generated much needed funds totalling €825 so thanks to all who are leaving clean clothes in to the first dressing-room at the club. Towels, curtains, paired shoes, scarfs, hats, handbags and bed linen can be dropped in but NO duvets or pillows.
Also kindly note that washing machines/dryers facilities are available in the car park at Dubarry Park.
Bounty reopening soon
The Bounty Bar and Venue at Dubarry Park is due to reopen after lockdown in early June when there will be an innovative under cover outdoor area for patrons. Check it out!