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John Kelly
John Kelly

JOHN KELLY was born in Dublin and educated at St Francis Capuchine College, Cork and UCC. He joined Cork Constitution at seven years of age and apart from a three year spell when he played with UCC, Kelly has been with the Temple Hill men ever since.

In November 1994, he made his Irish Universities debut against the USA in Cork and three years later, he toured Australia with them. In September 1997, he made his Munster ’A’ debut against Connacht and the following month he won his first Munster senior cap against Cardiff at Musgrave Park.

During the 1998/99 season, he played for the Combined Provinces against South Africa at Musgrave Park and helped Cork Constitution to victory in the All-Ireland League. In February 2000 he won his first Ireland ’A’ cap when playing against England ’A’ in Northampton and after that he played against Scotland ’A’, Italy ’A’ and Wales ’A’.

In November 2000, Kelly played for Ireland Under-25s against Japan when he scored two tries and a week later he came on as a replacement for Ireland ’A’ against South Africa.

In February 2001, the talented winger won further ’A’ caps against Italy and France. Called into the senior squad prior to the 6 Nations game against Scotland a year later, he made his international debut against Italy - scoring two tries - and was retained for Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand.

Kelly played in both RWC qualifying matches (against Russia and Georgia) but lost his place for the autumn international against Australia to a fit-again Shane Horgan, although he came on in that game as a replacement for the injured Denis Hickie. Remaining in the squad for the 2003 6 Nations, Kelly played against Italy and he won his ninth cap and scored his fourth international try in the June 2003 test against Australia in Perth. He scored twice in the next game against Tonga.

The Corkman went on the 2003 summer tour to the Pacific Islands, and scored a try in the RWC warm-up tie with Italy in Limerick before injuring himself.

He made a quick recovery to net a try against Namibia in one of Ireland’s Pool A games at the RWC. Since lining out against France in the quarter-final defeat, Kelly was called in to the Ireland squad on a number of occasions but injury prevented him taking his place. He lined out for Ireland ’A’ against Australia ’A’ at Thomond Park on November 2006.

DOB18th Apr 1974
BirthplaceDublin, Ireland
Height1.78 m (5' 10")
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
PositionWing
HonoursIreland (17 caps)
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
07/06/2003
Australia
1





5

30/08/2003
Italy
1





5

11/10/2003
Romania








19/10/2003
Namibia
1





5

01/11/2003
Australia








09/11/2003
France








Total Played 6 3
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2003-2004 - Friendly
Ireland
1
1





5
2003-2004 - Lansdowne Cup
Ireland
1
1





5
2003-2004 - Rugby World Cup
Ireland
1 +3
1





5
2003-2004 Total

3 +3
3





15
2002-2003 - Friendly
Ireland
3
2





10
2002-2003 - Lansdowne Cup
Ireland
0 +1







2002-2003 - Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
Ireland
2







2002-2003 - Six Nations
Ireland
2
1





5
2002-2003 Total

7 +1
3





15
2001-2002 - Friendly
Ireland
2







2001-2002 - Six Nations
Ireland
1
2





10
2001-2002 Total

3
2





10
Total - Friendly

6
3





15
Total - Friendly

1 +1
1





5
Total - Rugby World Cup

1 +3
1





5
Total - Rugby World Cup Qualifiers

2







Total - Six Nations

3
3





15
Total

13 +4
8
0
0
0
0
0
40
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