The three Waterford men who represented the Repbulic of Ireland Eagles in rugby league with Tipperary man, Ethan Moloney, from left: Eathan Moloney, Alan McMahon, Aidan Power and Maurice Daly.
Three Waterford men were selected for Rugby League’s Republic of Ireland Senior Eagles Team in the Origins series against Northern Ireland Elks.
Alan McMahon discovered Rugby League in 2016 while in Galway. In the 2017 season he reformed the Waterford Vikings rugby league team to play in the Republic of Ireland league. The Vikings first season was very successful finishing in the top three teams. The Vikings also saw success at U19 Eagles level and two of the squad also represented Ireland at the Rugby League Student’s World Cup in Australia last July.
This success culminated with Alan and three of his fellow team mates being selected to play for the Republic Senior Eagles Team in the Origins series. Aidan Power (Waterford City) Alan McMahon (Dungarvan), Maurice Daly (Dungarvan) and Eathan Moloney (Nenagh) all travelled to Malone RFC last Saturday to line out against the Northern Ireland Elks. In addition, Alan was selected to captain the side for the series.
The origins series is a two-leg event with the second leg taking place on August 19th in Ashbourne RFC. The series is the first step in the selection of the Rugby League Ireland Domestic Senior team. Ultimately the Rugby League Ireland Senior International team will look to select players from the domestic team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in Australia which will be played between October and December this year. Ireland are currently ranked eight in the world
This great success for the players and for the Vikings who are the only rugby league team in the South East and bodes well for the future of the sport. We wish the lads every success next weekend and in the ongoing selection process.