Greig Oliver Wiki – Greig Oliver Biography

Former Scottish rugby international Greig Oliver has died after a horrific paragliding accident while on holiday in South Africa with his wife. Tributes rained down for the ‘much missed’ elite performance officer at Irish club Munster, who was just 58 and in the country to support his son playing for Ireland at the Rugby Under-20 World Championship.

Oliver was reportedly a passenger on a tandem flight off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa when his plane crashed into another tandem glider.

The accident is said to have occurred on Sea Point Promenade, a popular tourist area. Oliver’s pilot deployed a reserve parachute and he landed safely in the sea. Oliver is believed to have landed on rocks near the shoreline.


South Africa’s National Maritime Rescue Institute (NSRI) said rescuers and paramedics rushed to help him after he reported the incident at 4:28 p.m. local time on Sunday. Oliver received CPR but was pronounced dead shortly after. The pilot of his paraglider was treated for minor injuries and the other craft landed safely.

Greig Oliver Age

The age of Greig Oliver was 58 year.

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How Greig Oliver died?

Police and the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services have his body and an investigation is planned to determine the exact cause of death. A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said: ‘The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance. “As with all consular cases, the Department does not comment on the details of individual cases.”


He was in South Africa to support his son Jack and the Ireland Under-20 team, which is playing in the Rugby Under-20 World Championship. Oliver, a former international scrum-half, has played in two Rugby World Cups for Scotland. After retirement, he held management and academy coaching positions in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh before moving to Ireland with his family in 2007.

In 2011 Oliver took up the role of elite player development officer at the Munster Rugby Academy. Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said: “On behalf of Munster Rugby, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Greig’s wife Fiona, son Jack, daughter Ciara and the Oliver family in general. “We are all shocked following the tragic passing of Greig.

“He was a great colleague and friend to many and will be greatly missed in the Munster and Ireland rugby community. “Greig made his presence felt every day, he was always there to help and was a very popular character with his light-hearted nature and sense of humor.


“He had an infectious enthusiasm for the game and was incredibly passionate about helping young players be the best they could be on and off the field.” IRFU chief executive Kevin Potts said; “On behalf of the Irish rugby community, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Oliver family at this very sad time.

‘Greig was a very popular member of staff and played a key role in the development of many young players during his time at Munster Rugby. “Today’s news is an unspeakable tragedy and our thoughts are with Greig’s wife Fiona, children Jack and Ciara, and his many friends, family and colleagues. ‘May he rest in peace.’

Munster Rugby said they were in direct contact with Oliver’s family, providing them with the necessary assistance and support at this time. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “On behalf of World Rugby and the global rugby family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Oliver family, the Ireland U20 team and the Irish rugby community on this difficult time.”


“All World Rugby U20 Championship players stand in solidarity with Jack, his teammates and the Oliver family and a moment of silence will be observed at all matches on Tuesday as a mark of respect. “We have also offered our full support to the Ireland team in South Africa.”Read More…….

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