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Player Welfare Team

Professor John Ryan - Head of Player Welfare

John is Head of Player Welfare and is responsible the development and oversight of Player Welfare at Railway. In addition to this role, John is easily recognisable as the Leinster Rugby team doctor, is the regular match day doctor for the Irish national teams, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

John is a former club captain, vice-president and life-long member of the club. 

Hilary Gannon - Club Physiotherapist

Hilary is the club's head physiotherapist and is a key member of the player welfare committee, providing match physiotherapy cover, player clinics for injury management and pre-season screening for injury prevention.

Hilary has worked with a number of rugby teams, both in Ireland and New Zealand. She has worked with national level male and female rugby players in NZ, including a professional Men's side, a provincial women's team, the NZ men's sevens team, and the NZ U20s team. She has specialised in the ongoing rehabilitation of players, movement screening, prehab programs along with developing new procedures and protocols around recovery procedures along with training and match day cover.


Luke Heapes - Strength and Conditioning Coach 

Luke Heapes has been strength and conditioning coach at Railway for the past four seasons. A personal trainer at Westwood, Luke works with the coaches and player welfare team in developing fitness programmes for the club’s players.

Luke has worked with performance athletes for over eight years, specialising in rugby, sprinting and functional training.