23 May, 12:21
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
Courtesy of Guinness Draught Can, Official Beer to the Irish Rugby Team, one lucky rugby fan has been given the chance to etch his name into the record books along side such great Irish kickers as Campbell, Ward, Humphreys and O'Gara in a bid to become the Guinness Draught Can Hotshot.
Rugby fan Gerard Flanagan from Glasnevin, Dublin will be given three attempts to kick at goal and for each successful kick that is converted by Mr. Flanagan, he will win 1,000 for himself, plus 1,000 for the IRFU Charitable Trust for injured rugby players.
But, the charity will not be left out of pocket even if Gerard is off target. For each unsuccessful kick, the IRFU Charitable Trust will still receive 500. However, Gerard will know the real pressures that kicking in front of a packed stadium can create, as he will not receive any personal prize unless he converts his kicks. The three kicks will be taken towards the South Terrace end of the ground between the 22 and the 10 metre line.
The 39 year old builder, who was selected to take part at random from a marketing survey that he participated in earlier in the year, is certainly well prepared and said, The boots have been dusted down and I have had a couple of pointers with the Ireland kicking coach Mark Tainton, but a lot will depend on the weather conditions and also if I don't crumble into a pile of nerves when I run out onto Lansdowne Road.
The IRFU Charitable Trust is a registered charity founded in 1978 with the aim of helping seriously injured Irish rugby players in their everyday lives. The Charitable Trust receives an annual grant from the IRFU and payments made to injured players include assistance with locomotory expenses, house alterations or extensions, wheelchairs, beds or lifting equipment; cars and vans, along with assistance for caring expenses.