Self confessed Rugby Nut and student of the game, Manus Lappin is the Editor of Emerald Rugby Magazine and has had the privilege of working in the rugby business since 2003. During his time with Emerald Rugby, Manus has had the opportunity to work with, and learn from some of the best players, coaches and rugby thinkers in world rugby.
A lifelong fan of the game, in playing terms you could say he was a late starter playing his first game of rugby at the tender age of 25!
Since then he has gone on to captain many a losing side with his local club Portadown RFC... and enjoyed every second of it. There have been several embarrassing moments which he would much prefer to forget like the time he passed the ball to the linesman who he thought was his winger (this was before he has laser eye surgery), or the time he fell out of the ambulance in front of the then Ulster coaches, after he banjaxed his knee during a club game against Ballymena... I’m still available for selection! There have been other embarrassing moments but none of them are printable...
Manus Lappin writes: The IRFU have promised us an extensive search for Ireland’s new head coach. I hope they are genuine and that they don’t just go for the cheapest/most popular option.
Manus Lappin writes: I’m sure the headline has grabbed your attention, most likely in fury, but contrary to popular belief, I am of the firm belief that Declan Kidney must remain as Irish coach.
Manus Lappin writes: An interesting tweet by former Ulster and Leinster coach Matt Williams reignited an interest in what has become an old topic, ie why didn’t Eddie O’Sullivan get a look-in at Connacht.