Ian McKinley becomes Blind Rugby Ambassador

Italian rugby international, Ian McKinley, has become our second Blind Rugby ambassador, joining former England Rugby Coach, Andy Robinson.

Ian is an Irish born rugby player currently playing for Italian side Benetton. In 2011, Ian lost the sight in his left eye forcing him to stop playing rugby. Despite this, he made a return to the game in 2014 using manufactured googles. Then having spent three years in Italian rugby, Ian became eligible for selection for the Italian national team. Ian made his debut in November 2017 during the autumn international against Fiji. Now as a Blind Rugby ambassador, Ian will play a key role in developing and raising awareness of Blind Rugby.

“I lost the sight in my left eye during a game of rugby. For me aged 20, it was hard to deal with but not as hard as some of the social issues young people face today. I believe strongly in the values within the game of rugby and I know The Change Foundation has been built around those same qualities. I look forward to being part of this positive movement.”