Stephen Begley

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Stephen Begley
Birth name Stephen Begley
Date of birth (1975-04-04)4 April 1975
Place of birth Chatham, England
Date of death 10 September 2017(2017-09-10) (aged 42)
Place of death Bukit Merah, Singapore
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Glasgow Academicals
Glasgow Hawks
Old Belvedere
Strasbourg
Watsonians
Glasgow Academicals
Glasgow Hawks
Hamilton Sea Point
()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-98 Glasgow Warriors
Lyon
Brive
9 (0)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Glasgow District
Scottish Exiles
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Scotland U19
Scotland U21
()

Stephen Begley (4 April 1975 − 10 September 2017) was a Scottish[2] rugby union player who played for Glasgow Warriors and Glasgow Hawks at the Lock position.

Rugby union career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Beglay was born in Chatham, Kent, England and grew up in the Isle of Sheppey.[3] He had a grandmother from Gourock.[4]

Begley played for the amateur club Glasgow Academicals.[5][6][7][8] When the Accies merged with Glasgow High Kelvinside to form the Glasgow Hawks in 1997, he then played for the Glasgow Hawks.[9][10][11]

For a short spell, Begley played for Old Belvedere RFC in Dublin, Ireland. [12]

After moving back from France, Begley played for Watsonians[13] before moving back to Hawks.[14]

Begley was back with the Glasgow Hawks in 2003[15] via a short spell back at Glasgow Academicals.[16] His try for the Hawks clinched the BT Premiership title for them in 2004 against Heriots. Hawks became the first ever west of Scotland team to win the Scottish title,[17] in 30 years of effort.[18] Heriots had approached Begley to play for them in 1996.[19] The next year 2005 Hawks almost wrapped up the title against Heriots at Goldenacre with Begley again scoring a try.[20] The 2006 title was almost made certain at Currie.[21]

Begley left Glasgow Hawks in 2006.[22]

Provincial and professional career[edit]

Begley played in the amateur Glasgow District side at Under 21 grade.[23] He played several times for the professional side Glasgow in Europe.[24][25]

Begley played rugby in London and Cape Town.[2] The Cape Town side was Hamilton RFC, Sea Point. Begley played for them in the nineties and then turned out for them as a guest player when Hamilton, Sea Point entered a Sevens team in the Melrose Sevens in 2011. Begley turned out for them in the precursor Veterans Tens tournament which then the Cape Town side went on to win.[26] Begley was selected for the Scottish Exiles District team.[12]

International career[edit]

He played for the Scotland Under 19s[27] and Scotland Under 21s[5][28] and hoped for a call up to Scotland A.[2]

He played for the French rugby clubs Lyon,[29] Strasbourg and Brive.[1][2]

Death[edit]

Begley died while competing in Singapore International Triathlon at East Coast Park on 10 September 2017.[30] [31]A medical team on shore gave CPR but it was to be in vain as Begley was pronounced dead at Singapore General Hospital.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player Archive : EPCRugby.com - Official website of European Professional Club Rugby". Epcrugby.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017. }
  2. ^ a b c d "No headline". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Triathlon: Triathlete dies in swim leg of relay". Straitstimes.com. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Valance, Matt (2 October 2017). "Obituary: Steve Begley, a rugby forward who played hard and partied harder". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Murrayfield meeting will decide outcome Silent majority hold key to great debate". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kiwi Andy puts life into Accies". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "No giants killed here". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Accies wilt in the face of a second-half barrage against all the odds GHK's Wallace brothers put on Braveheart show". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Glasgow Hawks RFC - Club History & Archive". Glasgowhawks.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Heriot's call for a shorter season 'We expect too much from amateur players'". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Quality shines through as kicks count in a frenzied match Melrose refuse to lie down to defeat". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Lorimer, Alan (17 December 2001). "Exiles in switch to Riverside". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Peter Donald (4 January 2003). "Scottish Rugby: Heriot's call in MacRae for crucial encounter". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "BT premiership 1: how they shape up". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Two tales of one city as Grammar put football club efforts to shame Rugby brigade are cock-a-hoop as soccer brothers fight off demons, says Neil Drysdale". Herald Scotland. 25 October 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Today's action". Herald Scotland. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Hawks swoop to historic triumph Coach Wright concedes at last: 'We're the best'". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "BT Premiership One round-up". BBC Sport. 28 February 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "Sick watching Scottish teams that battle bravely and lose". Herald Scotland. 20 June 1996. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Pragmatic victory makes title almost certain". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "High-fliers make their own luck". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  22. ^ dailyrecord Administrator (13 November 2006). "RED-HOT HAWKS TURN IT ON FOR CRAIG". Dailyrecord. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "McLeish supplies the killer blow". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Capital players are in demand". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  25. ^ "Logan adds to disappointment". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  27. ^ "Glasgow Hawks RFC - Club History & Archive". Old.glasgowhawks.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017. }
  28. ^ "Hawks Roll of Honour" (PDF). Files.pitchero.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Small talk with the big Reds enough to make you cry". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2017. }
  30. ^ "Tragic news received this morning". Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  31. ^ "Triathlon: Triathlete dies in swim leg of relay". The Straits Times. 2017-09-11. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 

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