THE IRFU has appointed Eanna Falvey as the new doctor to the Ireland team.
Dr Falvey brings a specialist medical training to the position along with a wealth of experience in sports medicine, specifically in rugby, having worked at the highest level of the game.
A medical graduate of UCC, Dr Falvey served as Munster Rugby team doctor between 2003 and 2007.
During this time he also worked in hurling, Gaelic football, boxing and athletics. As part of the IRFU medical structures, he also worked as team doctor to the Ireland U21 international teams in 2005 and 2006, the Churchill Cup in 2008 as well as acting as team doctor for the Ireland pre-season camps to Spala.
His time with Munster Rugby ended in 2007 when he moved to Australia to complete his sports medicine training with a sports medicine research fellowship in the University of Melbourne, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and with the medical team of Melbourne based Aussie Rules team Geelong.
Upon his return to Ireland, he joined the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin where he was recently appointed as the Director of Sports Medicine. He has since begun working with the Ireland squad during the recent short pre-season camps.
Dr Falvey is a former Irish international amateur boxer and winner of Irish national boxing championships as well as being involved in competitive athletics. He will be supported in his role by Leinster doctor Jim McShane and Ulster doctor Michael Webb during the international season.
IRFU medical director Dr Conor McCarthy said: “Dr Falvey is an excellent appointment. He has worked at all levels of the game, has personal experience in elite sport and has a superb background and training in sports medicine. This position is an important part of the national management team.”
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