Born in Dublin, John Fergus Slattery was a very Irish flanker; fearless, tireless, and destructive and the sort who still appears in the nightmares of a generation of fly halfs. He first played with Blackrock College then University College in Dublin, breaking into the Irish side in 1970. Known affectionately as ‘Slats’, he played a major part in landing two outright Five Nations Championship and two shared titles.
At his peak in 1974, with Roger Uttley and Mervyn Davies; Fergus Slattery formed perhaps the finest back row in Lions history and destroyed the Springboks. Incredibly the Irish selectors axed him, after losing to Australia in 1976; and he spent a season and a half in the wilderness.
But his return was inevitable and sealed with a triple crown 1982. A rampaging presence on the open side; Fergus was a player of great heart who never stopped running, tackling and harrying. When he retired in 1984, Slats’ 65 caps were a world record for a flanker. An auctioneer, he was not sold many dummies on the field!
Fergus Slattery Speaker
Fergus Slattery is now highly sought after for after dinner speaking. Sharing amusing anecdotes about his fellow players, many tours and times in Irish and Lions rugby. In addition to this he is an excellent motivational speaker who inspires and drives his audiences on the subjects of team work and leadership.