DoB1982-08-15 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 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.
DoB1980-04-09 BirthplaceTokoroa Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionScrum Half
ISAAC BOSS’ consistency with Ulster in his debut season, the 2005/06 campaign, saw him rewarded with a first Ireland call-up.
A scrum half heavy on commitment and skill, he made his Ulster debut against Connacht in October 2005 before quickly becoming first choice.
Boss was an ever present for Ulster since joining the province and has won caps at Ireland and Wolfhound levels in the intervening period.
He made the move to Leinster at the start of the 2010/2011 season and has been vying with Eoin Reddan for regular starts with the Province.
DoB1984-02-22 BirthplaceEmyvale Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight96 kg (15 st 2 lb) PositionWing
FORMER minor Gaelic footballer Bowe became the first man from Monaghan to play for Ireland in 80 years.
Really began to establish himself when he scored two tries in the 2008 RBS Six Nations.
He repeated that feat in 2009, including a magical catch-and-run at the Millennium Stadium – which helped seal Ireland’s Grand Slam.
DoB1987-04-05 BirthplaceHolywood Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionCentre
A real attacking talent who can unlock defences just like that, DARREN CAVE played over 20 times for Ulster in his first full season with the province.
The 22-year-old is an exciting runner and strong-tackling centre and one of a crop of young players at Ravenhill who have progressed through the Academy structure.
He has also made rapid progression at international level, from winning the Grand Slam with the Ireland Under-20s in 2007 to starring in Ireland's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification and scoring a handful of tries for Ireland 'A' at the last two Churchill Cup tournaments.
The former Sullivan Upper pupil, who is attached to Belfast Harlequins, was included in Ireland's extended 2009 RBS 6 Nations squad and is on the verge of making his Test breakthrough.
DoB1986-05-06 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 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.
DoB1980-02-10 BirthplaceWexford Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionCentre
DYNAMIC centre D’Arcy has formed one of the most successful centre pairings in world rugby alongside Brian O’Driscoll.
A member of Ireland’s Grand Slam side in 2009, having been out for a year with a broken arm sustained against Italy in 2008, D’Arcy also earned a call-up to the 2009 B&I Lions.
Has also won three European Cup winner’s medals with Leinster.
DoB1987-09-13 BirthplaceWicklow Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionWing / Full Back
SON OF former Ireland prop Des, Luke made his debut in 2006 just months after finishing his Leaving Cert.
Made the wing spot his own during November 2008 and his pace, eye for a gap and tackling saw him become an integral part of Ireland’s Grand Slam team in 2009.
Has endured a horrendous run of injuries but made his first appearance for two years against Scotland in February 2013.
DoB1987-10-07 BirthplaceClontarf Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 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.
DoB1983-12-15 BirthplaceTiberias Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 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.
DoB1992-02-21 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 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.
DoB1984-10-17 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row
A BIG, ball-carrying back rower, Henry had impressive run-outs for the Ireland U21 and Sevens sides before featuring strongly for Ireland ‘A’ in the 2009 Churchill Cup.
Made his full Ireland debut in June 2010 against Australia.
Henry also captained Ulster in the 2009/10 season and was named as the province’s player of the year in their run to the 2012 Heineken Cup Final.
DoB1993-06-12 BirthplaceAthlone Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionCentre
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.
DoB1989-06-19 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionWing / Full Back
YOUNGER brother of Rob, like his elder sibling, Kearney also credits an early Gaelic career with Cooley Kickhams in Louth as reasons for his fine handling and fielding skills.
Capped at Ireland U20 and Wolfhounds level Kearney first trained with the senior squad ahead of the 2011 6 Nations but has yet to make his Test debut.
DoB1986-03-26 BirthplaceDublin Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight95 kg (15 st 0 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.
DoB1989-03-21 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFly Half
DoB1991-03-03 BirthplaceBallymoney Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 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.
DoB1981-11-27 BirthplaceLondon Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock
INITIALLY signed for Connacht in 2003, McCarthy then left for Newcastle Falcons the following season before returning to the West of Ireland in 2007, where he consistently impressed for Connacht before joining Leinster this season.
Born in London, McCarthy represented England at the 2002 U21 World Championship but went on to make his senior Ireland debut in the RWC2011 warm-up match against Scotland.
DoB1986-06-17 BirthplaceKilkenny Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionWing / Centre
McFADDEN was named Most Valuable Player at the 2009 Churchill Cup in Colorado, where he scored a total of 26 points in three games.
The Old Belvedere clubman has also lined out for Ireland at U19, U21 and Universities levels as well as impressing for Leinster in recent years.
Scored on his senior home debut vs France in 2011 and claimed a hat-trick of tries against Canada in June 2013.
DoB1989-10-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 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.
DoB1991-03-01 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb) PositionProp
DoB1991-04-22 BirthplaceBarcelona Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionFlanker
DoB1989-04-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 10 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.
DoB1987-02-14 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight108 kg (16 st 13 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.
DoB1979-10-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock
RECOGNISED as one of the best second rows in world rugby, O’Connell was named as Ireland captain for the 2012 RBS Six Nations.
A British & Irish Lions Test player in 2005, he went on to captain the Lions on their tour to South Africa in 2009.
An IRB World Player of the Year nominee in 2006, he also skippered Munster to Heineken Cup glory in May player in 2005, 2009 and 2013, indeed he captained the Lions on their tour to South Africa in 2009.
An IRB World Player of the Year nominee in 2006, he also skippered Munster to Heineken Cup glory in May 2008.
DoB1987-05-21 BirthplaceTipperary Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row
DoB1979-01-21 BirthplaceDublin Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionCentre
THE IRISH captain, who made his 100th appearance for Ireland against Wales in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations, has led Ireland to four Triple Crowns (in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009) as well as a Championship and Grand Slam.
He has had some magic moments, from his stunning hat-trick against France in 2000 to his wonder try for the Lions against Australia in 2001,but his performances in the 2009 RBS Six Nations – including four crucial tries and a drop goal – surely mark the pinncale of his career. His performances earned several man of the match accolades and he was voted player of the tournament. Just two months later he capped an incredible season by playing a huge part in Leinster’s Heineken Cup triumph and was named as Rugby World magazine’s World Player of the Decade.
Brian is Ireland's record try scorer and in 2011 he broke Ian Smith’s 78-year-old Championship try scoring record with his 25th Six nations He was named named as Rugby World magazine’s World Player of the decade.
DoB1989-09-17 BirthplaceCork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 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
DoB1980-11-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionScrum Half
IRELAND’S first choice scrumhalf during RWC2007, Reddan’s consistent displays for club and country marked him out as one of Europe’s best No 9s.
Enjoyed spells at Munster (twice), Connacht and Wasps before signing for Leinster in 2009.
Has since tasted European Cup glory twice with Leinster and continues to be a valuable squad member for both province and country.
DoB1979-12-21 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight127 kg (19 st 13 lb) PositionProp
A KEY man in the Irish scrum, Ross made his name playing in the English Premiership for Harlequins.
The former Cork Constitution player made the move from Munster and played for four years at the highest level in England.
Joined up with Leinster in 2009 and made his Ireland debut on the 2009 Summer tour to Canada and the USA. An ever present for Ireland throughout last season.
DoB1990-11-13 BirthplaceDublin Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row
Rhys Ruddock, the son of former Leinster and Wales coach Mike Ruddock, declared for Ireland, his mother's home and his country of birth, having represented Wales at U-18 Level.
He made his debut for the Ireland U-20s in 2009 and played alongside older brother Ciaran in the team.
A member of the Leinster academy he has been named in the full Leinster squad for the 2010/11 season having made a few appearences for them this year.
He captained the Ireland U-20s in the 09/10 season and led them to a Championship with wins over England, Wales, Italy and Scotland.
On tour at the Junior World Championship in Argentina he was called up to the senior squad in New Zealand and lined out against the New Zealand Maori.
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.
DoB1986-01-29 BirthplacePretoria Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionHooker
DoB1986-06-29 BirthplaceMoynalvey,Co Meath Height2.08 m (6' 10") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 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.
DoB1984-10-20 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 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.
DoB1985-06-18 BirthplaceBristol Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionLock
HAVING come through a strong academy system in the Guinness Premiership, the Irish-qualified lock now has Irish U21, Ireland A and five full international caps to his name.
Made the switch from Exeter Chiefs to Ulster in 2009 where he has gone from strength to strength.
Made a try-scoring debut for Ireland against the All Blacks in June 2010.