HE conquered the All Blacks in 1978 and survived without a scratch, but local councillor and legendary rugby player Gerry 'Ginger' McLoughlin "should have been killed" when he crashed off his bike on the Groody Road this week.
The Labour councillor from Garryowen suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hand and cracked rib, and was rushed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital after the accident.
The avid cyclist was on his way to Castletroy College - where he works as a special needs assistant - when the crash happened.
"I was cycling the other morning and just came off the cycle path onto the main road and skidded across the ice on the Groody Road," Cllr McLoughlin told the Leader.
"I broke my hand, smashed my eye, which needed 17 stitches, broke a rib, hurt my knee. I really should have been killed," added the councillor.