Over 650 Tag Rugby enthusiasts braved the elements recently to take part in the inaugural Stuart Mangan Tag Rugby Blitz…

The Blitz was organised to help raise funds for Stuart Mangan (25, from Cork) who was paralysed while playing rugby last year and now requires care on a 24/7 basis.

“Stuart has displayed remarkable courage in attempting to come to terms with his injuries, and it is this courage that inspires so many people to participate and help out in events such as this”, commented Stuart’s brother Keith, who was there on Saturday to present trophies to winners KPMG Cork (pictured), St. Gerard’s, who won the schools competition, and the overall winners The Panthers from Dublin. 

In an emotional presentation speech Keith thanked all who made a blitz of this size possible, from the Referees who gave up their time freely, to the Rugby Clubs, who provided their grounds and facilities (Wanderers, Old Belvedere, Bective Rangers and Old Wesley Rugby Clubs, and Bective Tennis Club).

A special mention was also made of David Ross, Denis Collins and all in the Leinster Branch, as well as Olly Hodges and his staff in the IRFU for the advise they provided. Many local businesses also provided generous support, Artizan, Traditional Craft Limited, Diageo and Cadburys. 

The 62 teams that entered this inaugural event demonstrates the great support among the rugby playing community for the Stuart Mangan Appeal. Such large numbers also contributed to a lively atmosphere on Saturday as the players and supporters alike enjoyed their après match drinks. 

Buoyed by the outstanding success of the inaugural blitz the decision has been taken to make it an annual event, some teams have already reserved their place for next year, further information is available at www.stuartmangan.org