Shane Monahan: The Rugby Artist

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Handing someone a painted portrait of themselves isn’t normally associated with your average Secret Santa gift but for Gloucester’s Shane Monahan it was the moment that kick-started a whole new chapter.

The Dublin-born winger was halfway through his first season at Gloucester when he picked out England rugby legend Mike Tindall in the club’s annual Secret Santa.

While many would freeze in their shoes and panic as to what exactly a rugby player of his magnitude would want, Shane was quite content on what to give him.

“My dad was coming over from Ireland at the time, so I asked if he could bring over an Irish flag as a bit of a joke.

“He was more than happy to do so but actually ended up forgetting to take the flag with him, leaving me stuck without a present the night before we were meant to be handing them out.