Liam hoping his passion for rugby sees him win trip to Oz

Liam McGuigan.
Liam McGuigan.

LURGAN man Liam McGuigan has made it down to the final two in a competition to win a trip to Australia to watch the British and Irish Lions.

Rugby and Gaelic football fanatic Liam will go head to head with one other Irish fan to win a trip to Oz after proving his passion for rugby in an online competition.

23-year-old Liam, who is currently at Jordanstown in his final year of a Quantity Surveying degree, explained: “I was revising for my finals when the Lions team was announced. I took a study break to look up the team online. When I was on the website I saw the competition to win a trip to see the Lions in Australia.”

To enter the competition Liam made a video of himself in an Australian rugby shirt pretending to be an Australian. Halfway through the video he rips off the Australian top to reveal a British and Irish Lions top.

The video proved to be a hit with the judging panel and Liam also impressed them with his knowledge of rugby in an online test.

He said: “I didn’t hear anything back until this week I got a call to say I’d made the final 10. I did a 15 minute interview and then I got another call to say I was down to the last two in the Irish section.”

When the voting closes there will be a fan from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales representing their countries in Australia.

Liam, who lives on the Lough Road, is captain of Clan na Gael Gaelic Football Club. He said: “My coach knows I’ve got a passion for rugby as well as Gaelic, though I’m not sure how he’ll react if I win and I miss part of the season because I’m in Australia.”

Liam has a job lined up in London at the end of his degree and said a trip to Australia would be a great end to the summer before his new start.