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  • Niyi Adeolokun

    Niyi Adeolokun

    DoB1990-11-03 BirthplaceIbadan Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionWing

    Niyi Adeolokun
  • Finlay Bealham

    Finlay Bealham

    DoB1991-10-09 BirthplaceCanberra Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionProp

    Finlay Bealham
  • Rory Best

    Rory Best

    DoB1982-08-15 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    BEST emerged from RWC2011 with an enhanced reputation, he initially muscled his way into the Irish starting XV for the 2006 wins over South Africa and Australia.

    The Poyntzpass man shared the No.2 jersey with Jerry Flannery during the 2009 Grand Slam run, coming up with some big plays in all five games.

    Captained Ireland in 2012 RBS Six Nations against Scotland and England.

    Rory Best
  • Joey Carbery

    Joey Carbery

    DoB1995-11-01 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFly Half

    Joey Carbery
  • Sean Cronin

    Sean Cronin

    DoB1986-05-06 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionHooker

    CRONIN made his name with the Ireland underage and ‘A’ squads before making his senior bow in November 2009.

    Went on to make his first start in the 2010 Summer Test against the All Blacks.

    Joined Leinster from Connacht at beginning of the 2011/12 season and has featured regularly for both province and country throughout the past three seasons.

    Sean Cronin
  • Ultan Dillane

    Ultan Dillane

    DoB1993-11-09 BirthplaceParis Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock

    - Born in Paris, France, but raised in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Dillane earned his first three Connacht caps in interprovincial derbies last season, quickly marking himself out as a talented and athletic second row

    - The dreadlocked Connacht Academy graduate, who signed a two-year contract with the province twelve months ago, tried a number of sports as a child. It was actually a five euro bribe from his mother, Kerry woman Ellen, that convinced himself and his brother Cian to try out rugby at Tralee RFC and he was soon hooked

    - Dillane has played 18 times for Connacht so far, including 10 appearances during the current campaign. He made his European debut against Enisei-STM in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia in November, and followed up with PRO12 starts against Munster, Ulster and the Scarlets

    - He is a proud product of Munster Junior club Tralee RFC and has lined out for Galway side Corinthians in the Ulster Bank League, including earlier this season against Nenagh Ormond

     
    Ultan Dillane
  • Keith Earls

    Keith Earls

    DoB1987-10-02 BirthplaceMoyross Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionUniversal Back

    A VERSATILE back with bags of pace, Earls was a member of Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning U20 team in 2007.

    Son of Young Munster legend Ger, Keith made his senior Ireland debut in 2008 at Thomond Park, marking the occasion with a try.

    Toured in 2009 with the B&I Lions and was Ireland’s top try-scorer at RWC2011 with five.

    Keith Earls
  • Tadhg Furlong

    Tadhg Furlong

    DoB1992-11-14 BirthplaceWexford Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionProp

    Tadhg Furlong
  • Craig Gilroy

    Craig Gilroy

    DoB1991-03-11 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb) PositionWing

    GILROY first played for Ireland in a non-cap international against the Barbarians in May 2012, scoring two tries.

    Followed this up by starring for Ireland XV – again in an uncapped match – against Fiji in November 2012, where he scored three tries before again touching down on his full Test debut a week later.

    Ulster Young Player of the Year for season 2011/12, Gilroy scored the first ever try at the Aviva Stadium in July 2010.

    Craig Gilroy
  • Cian Healy

    Cian Healy

    DoB1987-10-07 BirthplaceClontarf Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionProp

    HEALY further enhanced his reputation at the RWC2011, having initially shot to prominence in his second full season with Leinster in 2009.

    A member of the Ireland U20s Grand Slam-winning side, the Dubliner is a powerful and pacy presence on the pitch and a real competitor.

    Ireland’s first choice No.1 since 2011, he was also selected to tour with the 2013 B&I Lions.

    Cian Healy
  • Jamie Heaslip

    Jamie Heaslip

    DoB1983-12-15 BirthplaceTiberias Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionNo. 8

    SON of former Shannon player Richard Heaslip, a Colonel in the Irish Army, Jamie made the senior Ireland number 8 jersey his own during the 2008 6 Nations.

    Enjoyed a great year in 2009, winning his first Heineken Cup with Leinster, while starring for Ireland in their Grand Slam run and being nominated for the 2009 IRB World Player of the Year.

    Succeeded Brian O’Driscoll as Ireland captain for the 2012/2013 season.

    Jamie Heaslip
  • Iain Henderson

    Iain Henderson

    DoB1992-02-21 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    A TALENTED forward who can play in both the second and back rows, Henderson made his senior debut for Ulster in April 2012.

    A member of the Ulster Academy, the Queens player has previously represented Ulster and Ireland at U19 and U20 level.

    Made his first appearance for Ireland in the 2012 Guinness Series and has added a further five caps since.

    Iain Henderson
  • Robbie Henshaw

    Robbie Henshaw

    DoB1993-06-12 BirthplaceAthlone Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre / Full Back

    Robbie Henshaw
  • Billy Holland

    Billy Holland

    DoB1985-08-03 BirthplaceCork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row / Lock

    Billy Holland
  • Paddy Jackson

    Paddy Jackson

    DoB1992-01-05 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionFly Half

    JACKSON was included in the Ireland Junior World Championship squad in 2011 and also went on to captain the U20s in their 2012 Six Nations campaign.

    Made the starting line up for Ulster in their 2012 Heineken Cup semi-final and final before starting for Ireland XV against Fiji in November 2012, where he contributed 13 points from out-half.

    Earned his full cap in 2013 6 Nations against Scotland.

    Paddy Jackson
  • Rob Kearney

    Rob Kearney

    DoB1986-03-26 BirthplaceDublin Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    KEARNEY has firmly established himself in the Ireland team since his debut in 2007.

    His coolness under a high ball, counter attacking ability and seige-gun boot have also seen him pick up a Grand Slam and Heineken Cup winners medals with Leinster.

    Toured with the Lions in 2009 and 2013. Missed 2011 Six Nations through injury but returned for 2011RWC.

    European Player of the Year for 2012.

    Rob Kearney
  • Dan Leavy

    Dan Leavy

    DoB1994-05-23 BirthplaceDublin Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionFlanker

    Dan Leavy
  • Kieran Marmion

    Kieran Marmion

    DoB1992-02-11 BirthplaceBarking Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Kieran Marmion
  • Luke Marshall

    Luke Marshall

    DoB1991-03-03 BirthplaceBallymena Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionCentre

    SPENT the early stages of his career primarily playing at outhalf but has since grown into a playmaker role at inside centre.

    Marhsall was called into his first senior Ireland squad a bright opening to the 2012/13 season with Ulster and scored a try in the non-capped game against Fiji before appearing three further times in the 2013 6 Nations.

    Luke Marshall
  • Jack McGrath

    Jack McGrath

    DoB1989-10-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    DUBLIN prop McGrath is a graduate of the Leinster Academy having made a name for himself as a teenager playing Schools Cup with St Mary’s College.

    A regular in the front row for the Ireland U20s in recent seasons, this is McGrath’s first call up to the senior squad.

    Jack McGrath
  • Luke McGrath

    Luke McGrath

    DoB1993-02-03 BirthplaceOntario Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Luke McGrath
  • Jordi Murphy

    Jordi Murphy

    DoB1991-04-22 BirthplaceBarcelona Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionFlanker

    Jordi Murphy
  • Conor Murray

    Conor Murray

    DoB1989-04-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionScrum Half

    A STRONG finish to the 2010-11 season with Munster saw the scrum-half called into the Ireland squad for the RWC2011, and he went on to play four times at the tournament in New Zealand.

    Tall, quick and strong and hailing from Patrickswell, Limerick, Murray has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his competitive debut for Munster in April 2010.

    A very succesful Lions tourist to Australia in 2013.

    Conor Murray
  • Sean O'Brien

    Sean O'Brien

    DoB1987-02-14 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row

    ONE OF the most effective back rowers around, Sean O’Brien was part of the impressive Ireland Under 20 side that achieved a Grand Slam in 2007.

    The Tullow Tank is a strong-running back row whose line-breaking and ballcarrying ability have been a real feature of Ireland’s and Leinster’s play in recent years.

    ERC Player of the Year in 2011 and a B&I Lions Test Starter in 2013.

    Sean O'Brien
  • Jack O'Donoghue

    Jack O'Donoghue

    DoB1994-02-08 BirthplaceWaterford Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    Jack O'Donoghue
  • Tiernan O'Halloran

    Tiernan O'Halloran

    DoB1991-02-26 BirthplaceGalway Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionWing / Full Back

    Tiernan O'Halloran
  • Peter O'Mahony

    Peter O'Mahony

    DoB1989-09-17 BirthplaceCork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionBack Row

    A FORMER Ireland U20 captain O’Mahony had the honour of captaining the senior team on the 2013 Summer Tour to USA and Canada, making him the youngest Irish captain, at 23, since Brian O’Driscoll.

    Made his full debut against Italy in February 2012 and has filled in across all three back row positions since then.

    O'Mahony was named Munster captain for 2013/14

    Peter O'Mahony
  • Jared Payne

    Jared Payne

    DoB1985-10-13 BirthplaceTauranga Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionFull Back

    Jared Payne
  • Garry Ringrose

    Garry Ringrose

    DoB1995-01-26 BirthplaceBlackrock Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionCentre

    Garry Ringrose
  • Donnacha Ryan

    Donnacha Ryan

    DoB1983-12-11 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock / Flanker

    EQUALLY effective in the second and back rows, Ryan began his career with Nenagh Ormond before earning a spot in the Munster Academy.

    A Heineken Cup winner, Ryan won his first Ireland cap in 2008, having previously won caps at Youth, Under 21 and ‘A’ level.

    Featured three times during the RWC2011 in New Zealand and continues to grow in stature having cemented a starting spot in the second row in recent seasons.

    Donnacha Ryan
  • John Ryan

    John Ryan

    DoB1988-08-02 BirthplaceCork Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    John Ryan
  • Johnny Sexton

    Johnny Sexton

    DoB1985-07-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFly Half

    DUBLINER Sexton really came of age during Leinster’s successful Heineken Cup run in 2009, starring in the final win over Leicester.

    Later that year he scored all 15 points in Ireland’s win over South Africa. Joined French side Racing Metro at start of 2013/14 season after hugely successful spell with Leinster.

    First choice out-half for the Lions on their successful tour of Australia in 2013.

    Johnny Sexton
  • CJ Stander

    CJ Stander

    DoB1990-04-05 BirthplaceGeorge Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    - One of the most consistent performers at provincial level in recent seasons, Stander was honoured as the first overseas player to win the Munster Rugby Player of the Year award at the tail-end of the 2014/15 campaign

    - The powerfully-built back rower racked up seven man-of-the-match awards for Munster last season and has emerged as a real leader and inspirational captain for the Reds in the absence of Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony

    - The former South African Under-20 captain moved to Munster in October 2012 having played 16 times for the Bulls at Super Rugby level. He grew up on his family's dairy and vegetable farm in Grootboom, near George in South Africa, and became Irish-qualified by residency following the recent Rugby World Cup

    - Signed a two-year contract extension last month, which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2018. Scored his 23rd try on his 75th appearance for Munster against Stade Francais last week
     
    CJ Stander
  • Devin Toner

    Devin Toner

    DoB1986-06-29 BirthplaceMoynalvey,Co Meath Height2.11 m (6' 11") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock

    ONE of the tallest rugby players around the former Castleknock College player has established himself with Leinster in recent seasons and made his senior Ireland bow in November 2010 against Samoa.

    Made his first 6 Nations appearances in 2013 against Scotland Italy and followed this up with further appearances on the Summer Tour to USA and Canada.

    Devin Toner
  • James Tracy

    James Tracy

    DoB1991-04-02 BirthplaceKildare Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionHooker

    James Tracy
  • Andrew Trimble

    Andrew Trimble

    DoB1984-10-20 BirthplaceColeraine Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionWing

    CAPPED initially at Ireland Schools and Under 21s levels, Trimble is comfortable on the wing or at centre.

    Part of Ireland’s RWC2007 squad but had not featured in the Six Nations for two years before starting the opening match of the 2010 campaign against Italy.

    Featured five times at RWC2011 and started each of Ireland’s games in the 2012 Six Nations.

    Andrew Trimble
  • Josh van der Flier

    Josh van der Flier

    DoB1993-04-25 BirthplaceDublin Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionFlanker

    - Off a conveyor belt of back row talent in Leinster, van der Flier made his senior debut for the province (against Zebre in October 2014) before completing his time in the Leinster Academy. He made the move up to the senior squad just last summer

    - Making the most of his opportunities to play for UCD in the Ulster Bank League and Leinster 'A' in the British & Irish Cup, the former Wesley College student also won 11 caps for the Ireland Under-20s between 2013 and 2014

    - A great reader of the game despite his tender years, he uses his frame to very good effect at openside flanker and has already made 11 starts in the Leinster number 7 jersey

    - Is in his final year studying Sports Management at UCD, and cites Michael Jordan and Rory McIlroy as two of his sporting heroes
     
    Josh van der Flier
  • Simon Zebo

    Simon Zebo

    DoB1990-03-16 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionWing / Full Back

    A LIONS tourist in 2013, Zebo was first called up to the Irish Wolfhounds in 2012 after a spectacular hat-trick for Munster in the Heineken Cup.

    Made his Ireland debut in June 2012, before impressing in November 2012, where he scored his first try against Argentina.

    Injury curtailed his involvement in the 2013 6 Nations but returned to fitness to join up with the Lions Down Under.

    Simon Zebo
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