Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Player/Coach Profile - Gordon Hanlon (DARC)

Name: Gordon Hanlon
Nickname: Gordon (my wife calls me Irish A-hole, as would a lot of others I imagine)
Positions played: Loosehead Prop (1) in my school days, then mainly Openside Flanker (7).

How did you get into rugby? I attended Belvedere College in Dublin when I was 8 and rugby is the life and blood of the entire school so playing was mandatory. I had some brief exposure when I lived in South Africa before that.

Clubs played for/Coached: I've played for Belvedere College, Skerries RFC U20's, Malahide RFC, DARC and the Dallas Harlequins. I have been player/coach at Bogota Barbarians, Bogota Harlequins and now currently assisting at DARC.

Rugby Honors: I coached the Bogota Regional All Star U18's, assisted with coaching of Bogota Regional All-Star Men, which won a national 7's title and were runners up at 15's. I was part of the North Texas All-Star Team that won the Texas Regional Competition and beat Belmont Shore at the Vegas 7's. I'm the current president of DARC.

Most memorable rugby moment: Recently it would have to be winning last season's Red River Conference D3 in Austin after a grueling battle against San Antonio.

Most embarrassing rugby moment: Probably crying on the field as I rolled around in agony last season only to walk it off like nothing was wrong after some water and a magic sponge. That or my mother attempting to run onto the field when I was a child after I had been kicked in the face repeatedly and was a little perturbed at the referee who was their coach.

Your strongest influence in rugby? I don't have one main influence per se. I have traveled a lot around the world and taken bits and pieces from people. However I would say that I have been more influenced by sub par people in Rugby than the excellent ones because it has forced me to think about solutions to problems, raising standards and best practices in order to succeed.

Your rugby hero? Keith Wood

Your ultimate rugby goal? My goal for this year is for DARC to win a National Title and my ultimate one would be to coach the Irish National Team at the 2035 World Cup, wherever that may be.

What do you do outside of rugby? This is a little awkward as I have dedicated my life to Rugby these days so I guess travelling and that's about it.

What motivates you - in rugby and outside of it? I am highly competitive and have an insatiable desire to prove myself to be the best at something when I commit to it.

Editor's Note:

Gordon is a valuable member of the 2015 RRRC D1 Pick 'Em Panel as he keeps up with three different teams in the Dallas-area. He's given his life to rugby and loves that he's done so. Look for Gordon's articles on Rugby Club Culture on This Is Texas Rugby very soon.

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