Former Ireland rugby international Neville Furlong has passed away at the age of 49 following an illness.

Furlong played minor and U21 Gaelic football for Wexford before turning his attentions to rugby while attending NUIG, then University College Galway.

The winger lined out for the college and Connacht in the 90s, winning two caps on Ireland's tour of New Zealand in 1992.

He played in the 21-18 loss in Dunedin and scored the last try worth four points for Ireland in the heavy second-Test defeat in Wellington.

He was later based in Limerick as an army captain, where he was a player, coach and official with Garryowen rugby club, and also trained football and hurling teams in Limerick and Clare.

Connacht Rugby CEO, Willie Ruane said: "On behalf of everyone in Connacht Rugby I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Furlong family on Neville’s sad passing. The entire rugby community is in mourning."