Rugby star swaps kit for school uniforms in Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

FORMER Munster and Ireland rugby star David Wallace who is a director of a Cork-based company which supplies school uniforms has confirmed that they are to open a shop in Limerick.

FORMER Munster and Ireland rugby star David Wallace who is a director of a Cork-based company which supplies school uniforms has confirmed that they are to open a shop in Limerick.

Schools Direct which currently supplies to 30 schools specialises in uniforms for both primary and secondary schools as well as sports kits and equipment.

“We are going to open a shop in Limerick. At the moment we are talking to schools. We had our first round of meetings today with a few different schools,” David told the Leader this Wednesday.

The company, which has its base at Douglas Commercial Park, Donnybrook, Cork, supply “a quality product at an affordable price” and have recently branched out into corporate wear.

According to David, they have been looking at a number of locations in the city to open the new shop.

“We are mainly planning for 2013,” said David who looks set to oversee the Limerick, Clare and Tipperary aspect of the operation.

The 35-year-old retired from rugby earlier this month due to a persistent knee injury.

The Cork native resides at O’Connell Avenue in Limerick city with his wife Aileen and sons Andrew and Harvey.

He made his European debut in September 1998, played in all nine Munster games in the run to the 2000 final where he scored the only try of the game, won a runner-up medal in 2002 and winners medals in 2006 and 2008.

He won his 200th cap in the Magners Grand Final last year and the last of his 86 Heineken Cup caps in the game against Ulster.

He was also named in the ERC European Dream Team - (Best XV of European club competitions covering 1995-2010) - with Ronan O’Gara and Anthony Foley, and the dynamic flanker won a Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009.