The Tipperary native went on to represent Ireland at Under-18 Youths and Under-21 level and then joined Shannon. He won an Ulster Bank League title with the Limerick club in the 2005/06 season.
He made his senior debut for Munster against the Ospreys the season before that and has gone on to make 99 appearances for his home province.
He won his first Ireland 'A' cap in 2008 and made his international debut against Argentina at Croke Park in November 2008 and has gone on to win 17 caps in total since then.
He was selected for the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad with his most recent cap being won when he made his first RBS 6 Nations Championship start against Scotland last weekend.
Ryan helped Munster win the 2010/11 Magners League, and was also part of the Munster squad that won the 2008 Heineken Cup and the 2008/09 Magners League.
Donnacha Ryan Career Details
Born: December 11, 1983
Debut: v Argentina, November 22, 2008
Debut: v Ospreys, September 3, 2004
Points: 30 (6 tries)