Ireland’s Rugby Heroes get on their Bikes to Raise Funds for Cancer Research at TCD

Posted on: 24 May 2012

Rugby legends, brothers Paul, Richard and David Wallace along with Mairead Farrell got on their bikes to launch ‘The Wallace Brothers C.R.O.S.S. Rugby Legends Cycle’ at Trinity College Dublin on May 23rd last. 

C.R.O.S.S supports cancer research at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin headed by Professor of Surgery, John Reynolds.  C.R.O.S.S. is a charity, established in 2008, that supports cancer research performed in the Trinity College Institute of Molecular Medicine, at St. James’s Hospital.  The research programme relates to the  prevention and treatment of cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, lung, bowel, and breast.  The charity supports the development of young cancer research scientists and also invests in laboratory equipment to drive translational research projects aimed at the prevention, understanding and treatment of various forms of cancer. 

Richard Wallace, Paul Wallace, Ronan Murphy (one of the founders of C.R.O.S.S.), Mairead Farrell, Professor John Reynolds and David Wallace

Ireland’s most famous rugby family, Richard, Paul and David Wallace, along with many Irish and International Rugby legends will cycle  700 kms from Mizen to Malin Head in September in aid of C.R.O.S.S.  The Wallace’s, alongside rugby legends such as Mick Galwey, Shane Horgan, Jerry Flannery, Paddy Johns,  Denis McBride, Alan Quinlan, Shane Byrne, Conor McGuinness, Ieuan Evans, Colin Charvis, Dewi Morris and Dean Ryan are asking the public to join them on the C.R.O.S.S Rugby Legends cycle. 

The charity cycle will commence on September 1st next.  The cycle will cater for everyone from the experienced cyclist to the more casual cyclist and for those who want to combine this significant challenge with a bit of fun alongside their rugby heroes.  There will be five teams, comprising Rugby Legends from Munster, Leinster, Ulster, Connaught and an International Rugby Team who are lending their support to support this cause.  The cycle will run over seven days and there will be teams and individuals participating in each leg of the trip, along with teams and individuals who will join for single leg activity only.  The public can sign up via the charity’s cycle website and find out more information on

The charity fundraiser is the brainchild of Paul Wallace, a member of this exceptional Irish sporting family.  The Wallace brothers have made the Guinness Book of Records as the only three members of one family to play for the British & Irish Lions – a unique achievement in international sport.  David’s recent retirement marked the end of an era for the three brothers, who had back to back International careers spanning over 20 years. 

Paul Wallace said on the occasion of the launch: “”As Patron of C.R.O.S.S, I am delighted to be leading this challenge in a team with my brothers to raise much needed funds for C.R.O.S.S and their support of Cancer Research. The cycle will be even tougher for us as myself Richard and David  and many of the rugby lads are carrying career ending injuries, which will no doubt add to the challenge.”