Peter Boyle was enrolled as President of the Irish Rugby Football Union for the 2006/07 season in succession of Andy Crawford (Dungannon) at the Union's annual Council meeting in Dublin last Friday.
A third generation solicitor in a long established family practice in Dublin, the new President, a past pupil of The High School, Dublin, played his rugby as a centre / wing / full back for Dublin University and Wanderers FC, and also had spells with Milwaukee RFC and Sydney University.
He was a member of the last Trinity College team to win the Leinster Senior Cup, in 1976, and is the club's first delegate to become President of the IRFU since H.M.Read in 1955-56.
Steeped in a rich rugby tradition, the new IRFU President, who is married to Joan and has three children, Melanie, Jeremy and Christine; is a son of the late Cyril Boyle, a travelling reserve for Ireland in the mid 1930s, who was an Irish team and Lions selector in 1959. Peter Boyle is also a nephew of ex Irish international wing, Vesey Boyle, capped nine times between 1936 and '39. He is the last surviving member of the 1938 Lions team.
Injury cut short his playing career and led to an early administrative career with the Leinster Branch, where he followed in the footsteps of his father (1955-56) by being enrolled as President in 1983-84. He was also Hon. Treasurer of the Leinster Branch for 14 seasons.
The longest serving member of the IRFU Committee since first becoming a delegate in 1985-86, Peter has served on a number of sub Committees, including roles as Chairman of the Disciplinary and AIB League committees.
He is currently one of the IRFU's delegates on the International Rugby Board, European Rugby Cup and Six Nations Committees.