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Greig Oliver, Rest In Peace

3rd July 2023 By The Editor

Greig Oliver, rest in peace

Munster Elite Player Development Officer Greig Oliver who passed away suddenly. INPHO/Ben Brady

All at Munster Rugby and the IRFU are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague Greig Oliver at the age of 58.

Greig passed away this afternoon following a tragic paragliding accident in Cape Town.  He was in South Africa with his wife Fiona in support of their son Jack and the Ireland U20s squad who are playing in the World Rugby U20 Championship.

A former international scrum-half, Greig played in two Rugby World Cups for Scotland.

Following retirement, he held academy management and coaching roles with Scottish Borders and Edinburgh before moving to Ireland with his family in 2007.

In 2011 Greig assumed the role of Elite Player Development Officer with the Munster Rugby Academy, playing an instrumental role in developing Munster players for life in professional rugby.  He also held coaching roles with the Ireland U20s, the Munster ‘A’s, and the province’s age-grade sides.

Prior to his EPDO role Greig worked with Garryowen FC where he held the role of Director of Rugby.

A proud Scotsman, Greig worked tirelessly on skill development and found great joy and pride in seeing players fulfil their potential.  He was highly regarded across the rugby landscape in the province and Irish Rugby and would have worked closely with schools and clubs in developing the next generation of players.

A devoted family man he was hugely proud of his children’s sporting achievements as Jack followed in his footsteps by pursuing a career in rugby while daughter Ciara excelled at Gaelic football.

Munster Rugby CEO, Ian Flanagan, said: “On behalf of Munster Rugby, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Greig’s wife Fiona, son Jack, daughter Ciara, and the wider Oliver family.

“We are all in a state of shock following Greig’s tragic passing.  He was a great colleague and friend to so many and will be dearly missed across the Munster and Irish Rugby community.

“Greig made his presence felt each day, he was always there to provide a helping hand and was a hugely popular character with his light-hearted nature and sense of humour.

“He had an infectious enthusiasm for the game and was incredibly passionate about helping young players be the best they can be on and off the field.

“May he rest in peace.”

Commenting on the news, IRFU Chief Executive Kevin Potts said; “On behalf of the Irish rugby community, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Oliver family at this extremely sad time.

“Greig was a hugely popular member of staff and played a key role in the development of many young players during his time at Munster Rugby.

“Today’s news is an unspeakable tragedy and our thoughts are with Greig’s wife Fiona, children Jack and Ciara, and his many friends, family and colleagues. May he rest in peace.”

Munster Rugby and the IRFU are liaising directly with Greig’s family, providing them with any assistance and support required at this time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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