Tributes paid to Munster coach Greig Oliver
Tributes have been paid to Munster Elite Performance Officer Greig Oliver.
The Scotland native passed away in South Africa yesterday in a tragic paragliding accident.
The 58 year old previously served as the Ireland under 20 assistant coach, and had been Munster’s elite performance officer sine 2011.
The former Scottish international was in South Africa to support his son Jack, who was part of the Ireland squad for the World Under 20 championship.
In a statement Irish Rugby CEO Kevin Potts offered his condolences to the Oliver family, while Munster CEO Ian Flanagan said that he had an infectious enthusiasm for the game and was passionate about helping young players be the best they can be on and off the field.
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.”
A statement from the IRFU reads:
“The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Munster Rugby Elite Performance Officer Greig Oliver following an accident in South Africa on Monday.
“A former Scotland international, Greig was steeped in Munster Rugby in recent years and held a number of coaching roles with Garryowen, Munster ‘A’ and more recently as Elite Performance Officer, a role he held since 2011.
“He was also assistant coach of the Ireland U20 side between 2011-14. Greig was the father of Ireland U20 scrum-half Jack, whom he was supporting in South Africa alongside his family.
“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.'”