Eire’s under-20 rugby workforce is dealing with a extremely emotional day after struggling two separate tragedies forward of an important match towards Fiji within the World Rugby Championship.
Final night time one of many workforce’s stars Jack Oliver learnt of the demise of his father, Grieg Oliver, after he was killed in a horrifying paragliding crash over Cape Town.
Oliver, 58, a former Scotland rugby worldwide, is believed to have drowned yesterday after being ‘bashed towards the rocks’ following the freak accident which noticed him plunge down into uneven waves.
Six of the U20s workforce had attended Dublin’s St Michael’s Faculty with Andrew and Max, who have been each aged 18. The youngsters had only recently completed on the faculty earlier than their tragic deaths.
Lining up for the nationwide anthem forward of the crunch match this afternoon, grieving gamers stood arm-in-arm carrying black arm bands on the pitch at Danie Craven Stadium in South Africa.
Eire workforce stand for the nationwide anthem carrying black bands in honour of Grieg Oliver and two Irish college students, Andrew O’Donnell and Max Wall, at Danie Craven Stadium in South Africa
Munster rugby coach and former Scotland worldwide Greig Oliver, 58, (pictured) has died after a paragliding crash
Jack Oliver arrives at Danie Craven Stadium in South Africa forward of at this time’s U20s match between Eire and Fiji. Jack discovered his father was killed in a paragliding accident yesterday
Current graduates Andrew O’Donnell (left) and his classmate Max Wall (proper), each 18 and from the identical faculty, died in separate tragic incidents over the weekend
Talking earlier than the announcement of Oliver’s demise, coach Richie Murphy stated his squad was ‘massively devastated’ on the deaths of the 2 boys.
‘I feel the blokes are undoubtedly in just a little little bit of shock, very devastated clearly with what’s occurred,’ he stated.
‘I feel that is via the entire squad, clearly these guys know the younger boys so much higher than among the different members. Everyone seems to be in the identical kind of place the place it is shock. We have our physician available, he is taking care of the blokes.’
Murphy continued: ‘We have had plenty of conversations with a few them and the blokes have been clearly very upset yesterday however undoubtedly feeling just a little bit higher at this time and doubtless, not come to phrases with it, however clarified what’s taking place of their heads.’
Captain Diarmuid Mangan added: ‘Lots of lads in our squad would have recognized the 2 boys.
‘Everyone seems to be simply type of making an attempt to get across the lads and ensure they’re doing all proper and so they’re being picked up. It is clearly an terrible tragedy and we provide our condolences to the 2 households.’
18-year-old faculty pupil Andrew O’Donnell, pictured with the household canine
Tributes have been paid to the 2 youngsters, Andrew O’Donnell and Max Wall, as ‘shiny, sporting, educational’ younger males
The 2 18-year-olds have been on a post-exam vacation celebrating the top of their secondary schooling with dozens of classmates who’ve now flown dwelling at this time after being left ‘traumatised’.
O’Donnell is believed to have fallen and hit his head whereas strolling dwelling alongside some cliffs to his lodge within the early hours of Saturday morning after an evening out in Hora, the capital of Ios.
O’Donnell’s physique was discovered on Sunday morning, and information of his demise later that day induced his pal Wall to break down from shock.
In line with native media the teenager had a historical past of coronary heart issues.
The boys’ devastated mother and father have travelled to Greece to deliver dwelling their stays, whereas their traumatised classmates are returning to Eire through Bristol at this time.
Hours later Jack Oliver discovered of the demise of his father Grieg Oliver in a paragliding crash.
Oliver, had been an elite efficiency officer at Irish rugby membership Munster, was simply 58 years outdated. The proud father had been in South Africa to help his son Jack and the Eire squad through the World Rugby U20 Championships.
Throughout a tandem flight from Sign Hill overlooking the coast of Cape City in South Africa, two pilots collided mid-air above Sea Level Promenade, a well-liked vacationer space.
Oliver was reportedly a passenger throughout a tandem flight over the coast of Cape City in South Africa when his craft crashed into one other tandem paraglider. He performed for Scotland 3 times within the 80s and 90s
Heartbreaking pictures have emerged of Jack Oliver, an Eire U20s rugby union participant, making ready for a World Cup conflict towards Fiji at this time
The view paragliders get taking off from Lions Head and Sign Hill of Camps Bay under and the Twelve Apostles mountain vary
Rescue swimmers and paramedics at Rocklands Seashore, Cape City, who had recovered the physique of former Scottish scrum half Greig Oliver, 58.
Oliver’s pilot deployed a reserve parachute and landed safely within the sea, however Greig couldn’t get better from the crash and landed close to the coast.
An eye fixed-witness advised MailOnline: ‘I noticed a paraglider over the water deploy his second parachute about 50 metres up and 50 metres out to sea.
‘Each folks fell into the water, and all of us ran in direction of the wall. The waves have been large, and the 2 guys have been being bashed towards the rocks.’
South African Cling-gliding and Paragliding Affiliation (SAHPA) chairman Louis Stanford stated that Greig’s demise represents is the primary tandem fatality within the nation in over 20 years.
‘Usually these tandem operations are run safely in a strict set of parameters. It is a very unhappy accident and the Civil Aviation Authority might be investigating.’
After the double tragedy for the Eire facet, a minute’s silence came about forward of their match towards Fiji on the Dannie Craven stadium in Stellenbosch, and can happen in any respect the opposite championship fixtures this afternoon.
Jack Oliver was set to start out type the bench this afternoon, however has now been taken out of the squad.