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IIBN & London Irish – Lions 2017 Preview with Gordon D’Arcy, Hugo MacNeill and Bob Casey.

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Date(s) - 26/04/2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Old Library. Lloyd's of London,



We are joined for a very special night by former Ireland Rugby players Bob Casey and former British and Irish Lions players, Hugo MacNeill & Malcolm O’Kelly as well as All Black Ben Franks. Together they will be providing their insights on the upcoming Lions tour to New Zealand.

Registration 6.30pm for a 7pm sharp start

Please note that Photo ID is required to gain entry and allow a few extra minutes to clear security


Hugo MacNeill, Bob Casey, Malcolm O’Kelly and Ben Franks.


Hugo MacNeill was educated at TCD and Oxford University. He graduated from Trinity with a BA in Economics and a Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature and was elected a Foundation Scholar.
He worked for the Boston Consulting Group in London before joining Goldman Sachs. He returned to Dublin in 2000 where he assumed responsibility for Goldman’s investment banking business for Ireland.
Hugo is Chairman of the British Irish Association, former Chairman of GOAL UK, former Chairman of the Ireland Fund and a member of the Oversight Board for Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Within the Board he has a special focus on engaging our Diaspora.
Hugo is a former rugby captain of Trinity, Oxford University and represented Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.

Bob Casey was appointed CEO at London Irish in July 2015.  He began his professional rugby career with Leinster from 1999 where he won a Celtic League, having previously played for Blackrock College RFC and North Kildare RFC.  In July 2002, Bob joined London Irish, earning 245 caps with the club prior to his retirement in 2012.  In addition, he represented Ireland at all levels from Schools, U21’s and U25’s, making his senior team debut against Australia in the 1999 Rugby World Cup and captaining the Ireland A team in 2008.  Following his schooling at Blackrock College, Bob went on to study at the University College of Dublin, earning a Bachelors’ Degree in Commerce and recently completed an Advanced Management Programme at Ashridge Business School.  Bob has previously been a Non-Executive Director of the London Irish Business Society since 2012.  He also sits as a UK Director of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.


Ben Franks is a double World Cup winning All Black, Ben joined London Irish in the summer of 2015 at the end of the successful 2015 RWC.   Ben made his provincial debut for Canterbury (NZ) in 2005, moving into Super Rugby for the Crusaders in 2006.  His first International cap came in October 2008, as a member of the All Black touring squad and went on to amass 47 caps.
Ben and his younger brother Owen are the first brothers to represent New Zealand since Robin and Zinzan Brooke in the early 1990’s, having the opportunity to play for their country at home in the 2011 RWC where they were victorious.
In addition to playing rugby, Ben and Owen run their own gym in Christchurch, New Zealand called “Franks Brothers Gym”.  He is also currently studying in this area at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.
With his experience at the highest levels of rugby, Ben is a vital part of the London Irish squad.


Malcolm O’Kelly is former London Irish player with 92 International caps for Ireland since his debut against New Zealand in 1997, Mal was educated at Templeogue College from where he went on to study engineering at Trinity. His career post-rugby is as an orthopaedic specialist with Tekno Surgical. Mal is an ambassador for Plan Ireland ( — a child-centred community development charity and also engages in punditry in Ireland on both TV and radio.
In addition to his caps for Ireland, Mal played four times for the Barbarians and also played for the Lions during their tour to Australia in 2001, earning five caps.  Although named in the 2005 Lions squad, Mal unfortunately suffered an injury which prevented him from joining the tour.

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