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A flanker who sings bass

kevinmcl_01Gonzaga alumnus Kevin McLaughlin (in blue in the photo) was voted Leinster Rugby’s Player of the month (September). After captaining Gonzaga’s Junior and Senior cup teams, he is now playing better than ever at flanker on the Leinster team. He is equally adaptable at second row or No 8, a fine line-out jumper and highly effective in loose play, with a quick turn of pace and rocklike defence. A long article in the Sunday Times noted: “The teak-tough Leinster flanker has a confession to make – he loves singing in a classical choir.” The RTE Philharmonic, the premier classical choir in the country, makes serious demands on Kevin’s time and energy, but he loves the contrast to rugby which it offers, in skills and companionship.