Have you ever heard the joke about the blind professional rugby player?

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Have you ever heard the joke about the blind professional rugby player?

Post by Rory_Gallagher on Tue 02 May 2017, 9:46 pm

Me neither. The real life story is much better though:

http://www.the42.ie/ian-mckinley-italy-leinster-ireland-3369616-May2017/

I'm absolutely delighted for the guy. What a story and what dedication. Playing with one eye in the hardest position on the pitch from a game management perspective. I hope he does manage to get capped. He was seen as the successor to Johnny Sexton when he was at Leinster if I'm not mistaken.

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Post by Poorfour on Tue 02 May 2017, 10:13 pm

I thought you were going to say he applied to be a ref but was turned down for being overqualified...

But a great comeback story. Good luck to him.

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Post by Rory_Gallagher on Tue 02 May 2017, 10:18 pm

Hahaha now that is funny. I'm not quite so witty sir.

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Post by Rory_Gallagher on Tue 02 May 2017, 10:20 pm

Another interesting thing that was not really touched on in the article is that he was forbidden from playing in Ireland with those protection goggles because of certain IRFU safety policies, which was eventually overturned:

http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/irfu-stance-on-protective-goggles-frustrates-ian-mckinley-1.2391935

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Post by majesticimperialman on Wed 03 May 2017, 3:39 am

Never hered this story before. and in all honesty never hered of him ewither.
 But good luck to him and hope he has a bright future.

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Post by profitius on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:53 pm

McKinley was really tipped for big things and imo would have challenged Sexton only for the accident. It's a serious handicap for a 10 and would be an amazing story if he played international rugby.
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Post by No9 on Tue 23 May 2017, 4:38 pm

This is a good story, but it reminded me of the IRFU decision (few years back) to stop a young lad playing wearing specially designed "goggles". A real pity, as this young lad may have missed out on the years that help a kid develop in the game.

Had to Google it, but the story is here (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2515985/Short-sighted-boy-told-play-rugby-despite-mother-spending-hundreds-pounds-special-glasses.html).

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Post by Poorfour on Tue 23 May 2017, 5:06 pm

For the last 3 years the RFU has supposedly been trialling goggles but not given a verdict.

We have a number of kids in the minis too young for contact lenses who can't play well without goggles but in theory they aren't allowed to wear them in competition. Safety equipment is developing quickly and we need faster decision-making on using it.

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Post by tigertattie on Wed 24 May 2017, 9:37 am

I remember him playing against Edinburgh (I think) in the Pro 12 this season. Seemed to be a decent stand off. Edinburgh tend to make anyone look good though to be honest!

Must be ridiculously difficult for him as his depth perception will be affected. if someone is running at him, he won;t know if its a forward who is far away or a back who is closer! Seriously though, touch kicking must be difficult!
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