International from Ireland Paul McNaughton, who was 69 years old, passed away. Here, in this article, let’s see the cause of death of an Ex-Ireland Rugby star.
How Did Paul McNaughton Die?
Paul McNaughton, a former Irish rugby player, passed away at the age of 69, Leinster Rugby announced in a statement this morning.
Paul McNaughton Cause of Death
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Who Was Paul McNaughton?
A very talented and versatile athlete, McNaughton played for Shelbourne in two FAI Cup finals and also played for the Wicklow senior football team. Between 1978 and 1981, he was awarded 15 Ireland caps.
This morning, Leinster Rugby announced McNaughton’s passing and referred to him as “the absolute essence of a sportsman.”
Born in Bray and educated at St. Kevin’s in Greystones, McNaughton represented Wicklow in minor-level hurling in addition to playing Gaelic football for Bray Emmets.
However, soccer and rugby soon took over. McNaughton played for Bray Wanderers, then in the Leinster Senior League, before moving to Shelbourne, then in the League of Ireland. It was at Shelbourne that he participated in two FAI Cup finals, losing both times, in 1973 and 1975.
He caught the attention of the Leinster selectors while playing club rugby for Greystones and received his Irish cap in the 1978 Five Nations’ 12-9 victory over Scotland at Lansdowne Road.
McNaughton played a significant role in Ireland’s successful tour of Australia in 1979, starting at inside centre in both tests of the series’ 2-0 victory that would be the team’s last over the Wallabies until 2002.
Over the following three years, McNaughton, a center, played 15 times for Ireland, receiving his final cap against France in the 1981 Five Nations.
Later on, he managed the Leinster and Ireland teams from 2008 to 2011, working as a member of the backroom staff during the 2009 Grand Slam campaign.
The 2009 team member and Irish flanker Stephen Ferris paid tribute to McNaughton this morning via Twitter.
“I was shocked to learn about Paul McNaughton’s passing. A true gentleman, he will be missed by everyone he knew and interacted with. I appreciate the wonderful recollections “Ferris penned.
2018 saw the induction of McNaughton into the Leinster Rugby Hall of Fame.
Alan Quinlan tweeted,
Very sad news to hear of the passing Paul McNaughton. He was a gentleman. Thinking of his family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Eamonn Mallie tweeted,
Death…another of my Trinity College circle, has left us. I am sad to learn of the passing of consummate sportsman Paul McNaughton, Ireland Rugby international, Wicklow GAA player and Shelbourne star. Jean, I remember you and Paul affectionately.
Suaimhneas Síoraí ar Paul.
Peter O’Reilly tweeted,
Paul McNaughton was an enormously talented sportsman who also gave lots back to sport, especially rugby. Shrewd and reliable, he was a straight shooter with a dry sense of humour. He will be greatly missed. Sympathies to his family and many friends.
Irish Sun Sport tweeted,
TRIBUTES have been paid to former Ireland rugby player Paul McNaughton after his death was confirmed by Leinster Rugby.
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