United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough



Archbishop congratulates World Rugby Player of the Year

Ireland and Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier was named World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year at the World Rugby awards last night (Sunday November 20). Archbishop Michael Jackson has paid tribute to him on behalf of the dioceses.
Josh van der Flier.
Josh van der Flier.

“I am delighted on behalf of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough to offer congratulations to Josh van der Flier on being chosen World Rugby Player of the year.

Josh has endeared himself to generations of players, officials and spectators by his demeanour and his work rate along with his humility in the face of his own greatness.

Many will recently have read of his unashamed belief in God in ‘FAITH – In Search of Greater Glory in Sport’ where he says: “My youth pastor would always tell me, you can honour God by playing rugby. I know God gave me a gift and I honour that by playing to the best of my ability.” (Page173)

Hearty congratulations once again to Josh, his wife and family for an achievement that reflects his dedication and service, his ability and humility.


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