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Eric Elwood

Eric Elwood
Full name Eric Elwood
Date of birth (1969-02-26) 26 February 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Head Coach
current team Connacht
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Connacht 168[1] (318)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Coaching career
Years Club / team
Connacht (Assistant)
Ireland U20
correct as of 30 March 2013.

Eric Elwood is a former rugby union player and was capped first for Ireland while playing for Connacht and Lansdowne before he returned to Galwegians, the club of his youth.

Elwood played 35 times for Ireland and a total of 296 points. This total places Elwood at number four in the all time points scorers for Ireland.[2] He has also participated in two Rugby World Cups: in 1995 (South Africa) and 1999 (France). He made his last appearance for Ireland coming on as a substitute in their play-off loss to Argentina at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Lens, France. He played for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park in 1993, a game that the Barbarians lost by 12–25. Elwood scored all the Barbarians' points (converting four penalties).

Whilst playing for Connacht Elwood made over 150 appearances and scored a record 318 points in the Celtic League competition.

He also played Gaelic Football for Galway and soccer for Liam Lynch United.

Coaching career

Elwood was coach to the Ireland Under-20 Rugby team which won a grand slam in the 2006-07 Six Nation Championship.

Elwood took over from Michael Bradley as director of coaching at Connacht following the end of the 2009-10 season.[3] In October 2012 Elwood announced he would be departing as Connacht coach at the end of the 2012-13 season.[4][5]


External links

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