Fergus Slattery

Irish Former Professional Rugby Union Player

Fergus Slattery is a former rugby union player who represented Ireland.

Slattery played schools rugby for Blackrock College and then moved on to play senior rugby for UCD, before earning a call-up to the Ireland national team in 1970. He subsequently left UCD to join Blackrock College R.F.C. During his career, Slattery earned sixty-one caps, with eighteen as captain, and scored three tries.

In 1971, Slattery was a member of the British and Irish lions squad that toured New Zealand, missing out on a start in the third Test due to illness. He played for the Barbians in the famous 1973 game against the All Blacks in Cardiff. Slattery toured with the Lions again in 1974, playing in all four Tests and captaining the side for two provincial matches.

He was captain of the most successful Irish touring side ever in 1979 which won seven of the eight matches in Australia, including the two Tests in Brisbane and Sydney. In addition to the above honours, he was also a member of the Irish Triple Crown winning team in 1982.

Slattery was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.


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