One of Irish rugby’s all-time greats Ray McLoughlin has died at the age of 82.
he tighthead prop, who once held the record caps total for his country after playing 40 times for Ireland and captained the team eight times, passed away on Saturday after a long illness.
A native of Ballinasloe who attended Garbally College, McLoughlin was Connacht’s first Lion in 1966 and was part of the successful 1971 tour of New Zealand before suffering a tour-ending injury.
He played his club rugby for UCD and Blackrock College, spending a couple of seasons with Gosford and London Irish in England and he was part of the famous 1973 Barbarians team that downed the All Blacks in Cardiff, with Gareth Edwards scoring his unforgettable try.
McLoughlin is pre-deceased by his wife Geraldine and has four children, Lynne, Karen, Jennifer and John.