Keeping Things Moving

Keeping Things Moving
 This article forms part of our new MORE THAN A PLAYER series, in conjunction with the BKT URC who take you off the pitch and into the personal lives of Rugby Players Ireland’s members.

It’s been quite the 12 months for Munster winger Calvin Nash.

The 26-year-old became a key member of Munster’s starting line-up last season as they conquered the United Rugby Championship.

Nash scored a crucial try as the southern Irish province defeated the DHL Stormers in the Grand Final in one of the most famous of unlikely runs.


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Fast forward to 2024 and Nash’s form for Munster was rewarded with an Ireland call-up for the 2024 Six Nations, where he was thrust straight into the starting line-up for the opening round against France, once again getting himself on the scoresheet.

But that’s on the pitch. Off the pitch, Calvin is certainly MORE THAN A PLAYER.

Outside of rugby the Limerick native keeps himself busy and is currently studying a Strength & Conditioning course at Setanta College.

“I needed to get something outside of rugby,” Nash tells us.

“I just needed a plan for something I can do after rugby and I’m just mad into strength & conditioning and the gym side of things.

“So [Rugby Players Ireland] got me in touch with Setanta College and they’ve been unbelievable in aiding me.

“Sometimes I’d get my timings wrong, say I’m due an assignment tomorrow and I could have been away for two weeks with Munster in South Africa but the lads in Setanta have been class – they’d give me another week if needed.”

So playing for Munster, playing for Ireland, all while studying in college – Nash has plenty on his plate but he still makes time for the most important hobby of all…

“The lads will slag me now if they hear this but I’m a big fan of getting out with my dog,” Nash says with a smile.

“I feel like it’s good for the head to just get out and get away from phones and all that, and just get out with him and act the eejit!

“Other than that it’s just rugby.

“I went through a phase last year of ‘jeez, I need another hobby besides walking my dog!’”

Nothing wrong with getting out with the dog, Calvin!

Check out some of Calvin’s interview here!

Rugby Players Ireland is the representative body for all professional rugby players in Ireland. It is mandated by its members to represent them on issues of importance in their game, safeguarding their rights and prioritising their welfare. Additonally, the players’ association operates in a developmental capacity supporting Irish Rugby players to fulfil their potential both on and off the field.

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