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Wexford hurling boss Darragh Egan praises Gordon D’Arcy’s impact on the team

Gordon D'arcy

Wexford hurling manager Darragh Egan was full of praise for former Ireland rugby international Gordon D’Arcy, who has been working with his native county.

D’Arcy doesn’t have any prior experience in inter-county hurling, but he did have a long and successful career in professional rugby, having played 82 times for Ireland, over 250 times for Leinster and toured with the British and Irish Lions twice.

That vast sporting experience is now coming in handy in hurling, as D’Arcy has joined Wexford’s senior team for the year ahead.

Egan was speaking to South East Radio after Wexford drew with Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup and praised D’Arcy’s impact on himself and the team.

Wexford hurling boss Darragh Egan in Gordon D’Arcy.

“Gordon is with us on all match days and he has been absolutely brilliant with us,” Egan.

“Very, very good for me. We have that conversation when I’m driving down on a Tuesday evening, we get a good 40 minutes or an hour conversation, just based on the previous weekend and stuff that we can work on.

“Look, that man has been in dressing-rooms on some of the biggest days in Irish rugby and Lions rugby and so on, and he’s a good Wexford man. He really loves his hurling.

“He has some brilliant kind of ideas for us and brilliant kind of match day tips and tricks for me. He’s imparting that information to us at the moment, so it’s great.”

The Slaneysiders have started well under their new manager.

Wexford have gotten their year off to a good start, having qualified for the final of the Walsh Cup, after beating Laois and drawing with Kilkenny in their two group stage matches.

Dublin await them in the Walsh Cup final, which takes place this Saturday in Croke Park at 5.30 pm. Wexford will have plenty of confidence after their exciting draw with Kilkenny, although the Dubs have also been in fine form, having beaten Galway, Offaly and Antrim.

Winning the pre-season Leinster competition would be a big boost for Wexford after they were knocked out of the All-Ireland Hurling Champions by Clare in a qualifier match, after which Davy Fitzgerald stepped down as the county’s manager.

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