Eric Elwood

Eric Elwood
Eric Elwood

Educated at St. Ignatius College, Galway, after which he played with Galwegians and moved to Lansdowne in 1991 and went on to gain 23 caps with Lansdowne and 12 whilst with Galwegians. He was a constant on the Connaught team for more then 10 years and he encompassed the amateur and professional eras.

He was a deadly accurate place kicker, scoring a huge number of points for Lansdowne and had a very successful partnership with scrum half Fergus Aherne. He contributed substantially to Lansdowne winning Division 2 at the All Ireland League in 1993.

He was the number one place kicker for Ireland during his tenure in the number 10 shirt scoring a total of 293 points. He represented the Barbarians against New Zealand in Cardiff in December 1993 scoring 12 points. He played for Ireland in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa against the All Blacks, Wales and France. They lost to France in the quarter final ending their involvement. The World Cup was ultimately won by the hosts, South Africa after a Titanic final (which included extra time) against New Zealand which had a tremendous uplifting effect on the “New Rainbow Nation.” This tournament was the last hurrah for international rugby as an amateur sport.

He returned to Galwegians in 1997 and on retiring has made a significant contribution to the Connaught team as assistant coach to the Irish scrum half Michael Bradley.

Player Stats

Position Out-Half
Date of Birth 26/02/1969
International Debut versus Wales
International Debut Date 06/03/1993
Last Test versus England
Last Test Date 05/02/2000
Caps 35
Test Penalties 67
Test Conversions 43
Test Drop Goals 2
Total Test Points 293