Leinster manager texts our Brian - 'credit is all yours'!
WEXFORD WANDERERS' club men took a little bit of ownership of the Heineken Cup last Saturday when team manager Guy Easterby sent Brian MacGonagle a happy text after the game.
Brian, who travelled to Cardiff with 98 others from Wexford Wanderers, is friendly with the Leinster manager since the squad came to do some pre-season training at the Wexford Wanderers grounds in Park Lane last August.
'I struck up a good relationship with Guy Easterby and after the game on Saturday I sent him a text with our congratulations and the words - "It all started in Wexford",' said Brian.
Because of the euphoria of the day, Brian wasn't expecting a response, but he and the others from Wexford who travelled were delighted when a reply came through.
'He responded " Thanks Brian - the credit is all yours",' he laughed.
Of course, Wexford Wanderers do lay claim to inside centre player Gordon D'Arcy who received his first taste of the game in the club.
D'Arcy, who was born in Ferns but lived as a child in Newbay, when his bank manager father John and wife Peggy came to Wexford, was introduced to rugby by Peter Redmond at Wexford Wanderers and his schoolboy mentor was James O'Connor.
D'Arcy went on to play with his school Clongowes Wood, but maintained a strong link with Wanderers.
'Oh he comes down at the drop of a hat, and he's very supportive of the club,' said Brian, who said that the club are truly proud to have had Gordon D'Arcy as 'one of their own'.
Wanderers' fans will head to Thomond Park this weekend to see their beloved blues take on Munster in the Magners Cup Final.