Memories 1983 - Limerick rugby players tour in South Africa

A RUGBY team, made up mainly of players from Limerick, are to tour South Africa next August, it was learned this Friday.

A RUGBY team, made up mainly of players from Limerick, are to tour South Africa next August, it was learned this Friday.

And already there is “total” opposition to International Diamond RFC’s proposed tour from Anti-Apartheid Group in Dublin.

A party of 25 players and administrators made up from the workforces of De Beers and Boart Hard Metals in Shannon have planned a three-week visit to South Africa.

The North Munster branch of the IRFU have been informed of the trip in writing. Many junior players and at least one senior cup player could be going on the tour.

“We are totally opposed to it and will definitely be having some kind of protest. We will be writing to them to inform them of the situation in South Africa,” a spokesperson for the Anti-Apartheid Group in Dublin told the Limerick Leader.

Among those eligible to travel to South Africa are young Munster hooker Pat McGrath who plays with the team, former Garryowen Liam Hall and Young Munster’s Terry Brogan.