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Former rugby star hurt after falling off bicycle

By Barry Duggan

Former rugby star Gerry 'Ginger' McLoughlin suffered extensive injuries after he crashed off his bike on an icy road.

Mr McLoughlin was brought to the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Limerick after he crashed off his bike on the Groody Road in the city on Monday morning.

The former Irish star broke his hand, fractured a rib and required 17 stitches to his face after he crashed off his bike while cycling to work at Castletroy College.

"I was after coming off the cycle lanes and onto the road so there was a change from one surface to another when it happened. I'll be okay," he said.

"I was not wearing a helmet either. I would encourage anyone cycling to wear a helmet after this," he said.

Known affectionately as 'Locky', Mr McLoughlin is in his second term as a Limerick city councillor where he represents the Labour party.

He won 18 caps for Ireland and scored a memorable try against England in the Triple Crown campaign in 1982. He also played for Munster in their famous victory over the All-Blacks in 1978.

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