The former Irish rugby international Paul McNaughton has passed away at the ripe old age of 69, Leinster Rugby has also confirmed in a statement this morning.
Paul McNaughton Legacy
He was a great Irish sportsperson, McNaughton also earned 15 Ireland caps between 1978 and 1981, playing in two FAI Cup finals for Shelbourne, while also playing for the Wick low senior footballers.
Leinster Rugby announced his death this morning, saying McNaughton was “the very definition of a ‘sportsman’.” He opened his eyes to Bray and was educated in St Kevin’s in Greystones, McNaughton has also played for Bray Emmets in Gaelic football, while also playing for Wicklow in hurling at the minor grades.
Playing as a center forward, he has also played 15 times for Ireland over a couple of years and earned his final cap against France during the 1981 Five Nations.
In later years, he worked as the Leinster team manager and later became the Ireland team manager for around three years and operating as part of the backroom team at the Grand Slam campaign of 2009.
The fine Irish flanker Stephen Ferris, who was a member of the ’09 team has also tweeted in tribute to McNaughton. He stated
“So sad to hear the news that Paul McNaughton has passed away. An absolute gentleman who will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.
Thanks for some great memories,” Ferris has also written. In the year of 2018, McNaughton was inducted into the Leinster Rugby Hall of Fame for his services to the game.