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LEINSTER

rugby

season ticket

holder’s guide

2022/23


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The Line up

Newstead Building A,

UCD,

Belfield,

Dublin 4

Telephone:

012693224

Fax:

012693142

E-mail:

information@leinsterrugby.ie

www.leinsterrugby.ie

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

President: Debbie Carty

Chief Executive: Michael Dawson

Honorary Secretary: Stuart Bayley

Honorary Treasurer: Michael McGrail

RUGBY MANAGEMENT

Head Coach: Leo Cullen

Senior Coach: Stuart Lancaster

Head of Rugby Operations:

Guy Easterby

Assistant Coach: Robin McBryde

Backs Coach: Andrew Goodman

Kicking Coach: Emmet Farrell

Contact Skills Coach: Seán O’Brien

PROGRAMME CREDITS

Editorial Team: Marcus Ó Buachalla,

Ryan Corry & Paul Cahill

Advertising: Gary Nolan

Design: Julian Tredinnick,

Ignition Sports Media

Photography: Sportsfile

Chief Steward: Sword Security

Ambulance: St. John’s Ambulance

Medilink

Event Control & Safety Services:

Eamonn O’Boyle & Associates

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PAST PRESIDENTS

6

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

7

THE OLSC AND COLOURS

10

RDS ARENA

12

AVIVA STADIUM

14

FIXTURES 2022/23

16

SEASON IN REVIEW

26

COACHING TEAM

30

BACKROOM STAFF

32

THE SQUAD 2022/23

42

ROLL OF HONOUR

44

SEASON STATISTICS

46

HISTORICAL STATISTICS

48

LEINSTER WOMEN

2022/23

60

WOMEN’S COACHING TEAM

64

ACADEMY SQUAD

STAY

CONNECTED

& KEEP

UP-TO-DATE

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Our People, Our Home

TWELVE COUNTIES. ONE SHIRT.

Aaron Craig

From a lad wearing Leinster blue to the RDS, to

designing this season’s shirt. Aaron Craig’s journey has

been amazing. The adidas Designer talks us through

his design and what it means to create the shirt for his

boyhood club.

How did you begin working with adidas?

When I was at the National College of Art and Design Dublin, I learned

of adidas’ intern program. A lifelong fan of the brand, I knew it was an

amazing opportunity. Luckily, I got to join adidas as an intern in 2016

and I’ve been in Herzogenaurach (adidas HQ) ever since. I’m now a

licensed apparel designer for some of the biggest teams in the world.

What drew you to this project?

Leinster asked if there were any Irish designers at adidas HQ they

could collaborate with. For a lad who comes from Leinster that grew

up supporting the team, this was a massive bucket list moment. My

grandfather even worked the entrance gates the RDS and Donnybrook

for years.

What was your inspiration for the design?

The inspiration came quite naturally. Each county of Leinster was to be

represented equally with their heraldic crests – instantly recognisable

symbols. I wanted to recount my own Leinster memories too. That

meant introducing the darker blue sleeves and the collegiate gold

detailing. To me, it’s a design that could be worn by players from any

generation, from O’Driscoll to Sexton.

How do you keep designs fresh year on year?

We work closely with clubs to find authentic and fresh stories. At

adidas, we also want to be at the forefront of performance technologies

and sustainability. So every year we work to combine the two.

Which design excited you the most?

On a professional level, I designed the Spanish national team kits for

the World Cup this season. The biggest sporting event there is. But,

on a personal level, being part of the first adidas Celtic jersey in 2020

and now seeing the framed Leinster kits in my parents’ home in Dublin

might just be level with the World Cup.

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How does it feel to see your designs worn by thousands of fans?

Seeing your jersey enjoyed by fans is definitely one of the most

rewarding aspects of our jobs. Seeing people of all ages around Dublin

on game day. Outside the pubs and cafés around the RDS. It’s a real

pinch yourself moment for sure.


Debbie Carty welcome

PRESIDENT, LEINSTER RUGBY 2022/23

Hello!

I am delighted to be writing to

you and addressing you, our

brilliant band of supporters, as

Leinster Rugby President.

I’ve had to wait longer than planned for

the honour – thanks to Covid-19 – and I

would like to place on record my sincere

thanks to my predecessor John Walsh for

steering the ship over his two seasons at

the helm.

John has also been a brilliant source of

help, advice and support to me as I take

over and for that I am very grateful.

It gives me great pleasure to address you,

in this, the 2022/23 Supporters’ Guide

and I hope you enjoy the guide as much

as I do.

This publication has been a great tool

at the start of every season over the last

five years or so and is a testament to the

brilliant communications team that we

have back at base in UCD under the

stewardship of Marcus Ó Buachalla. But I

know that he has great support from Lisa

Doyle, Rob Maguire and Paul Cahill and

indeed from Harry Murphy and the team

in Sportsfile.

In particular, this project has been a

labour of love for Ryan Corry over the

last few years and we were very sorry to

hear that he had left us for pastures new.

Best of luck Ryan over in Norwich City

FC. The season just won’t be the same

without you.

This season is one that I am looking

forward to hugely.

To be the first female President of the

Leinster Rugby Branch is something that

I am very proud of and I look forward

to representing the Branch and indeed

you, the supporters, at home and away

throughout the season.

I will also do my very best to get to as

many schools and club games as I can

and to visit as many locations as possible

in the 12 counties during my tenure.

And that is my message to you for this

season.

It’s not just about the games in the BKT

United Rugby Championship or in the

Heineken Champions Cup. It’s also about

the games in Energia Park in the new

year when Tania Rosser’s womens team

take part in the Vodafone Interprovincial

Championships. It’s about the Energia All-

Ireland League for men and women.

It’s about the schools game. And it’s

about the club game. At all levels.

Wherever you can, get out and

show your support. Or if you’re

not part of our brilliant and

vibrant community already, knock

down to your local club because

you won’t be disappointed and I

guarantee you there will be a

warm welcome afforded

to you.

Like there was for me in

Wexford Wanderers

and where thankfully,

there still is!

Here’s to a great season folks. I can’t

wait to get going and to meeting some

of you over the coming months. No

matter what happens, it’s the friends

we meet along the way that make it all

worthwhile.

Debbie Carty

President, Leinster Rugby

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Leinster Branch IRFU

Past Presidents

1920-21 Rt. Rev. A.E. Hughes D.D.

1921-22 W.A. Daish

1922-23 H.J. Millar IRFU

1923-24 S.E. Polden IRFU

1924-25 J.J. Warren IRFU

1925-26 E.M. Solomons M.A.

1926-27 T.F. Stack

1927-28 A.D. Clinch M.D. IRFU

1928-29 W. G Fallon B.L. IRFU

1929-30 W.H. Acton

1930-31 Mr. Justice Cahir Davitt IRFU

1931-32 A.F. O’Connell

1932-33 V.V. Drennan

1933-34 R.M. Scott M.A.

1934-35 P.F. Murray M.D.

1935-36 S.V. Kirwan B.L.

1936-37 R.D. Gray

1937-38 G.P.S. Hogan B.L. IRFU

1938-39 P.J. Power

1939-40 Col. J, Gleeson B.E.

1940-41 T. Bell

1941-42 H. Michael M.D.

1942-43 N.M. Purcell

1943-44 D.J. O’Connor

1944-45 Capt. J.R. Ramsey IRFU

1945-46 E.T. McCarron

1946-47 Rev. Precentor R. Watson

1947-48 V.E. Kirwan IRFU

1948-49 F.A. Moran

1949-50 T.C.J. O’Connell M.D.MCh

1950-51 E.W. Massey

1951-52 Very Rev. E.R.S. Farrell

1952-53 E.J. Daly

1953-54 Lt. Col. J.J. Winters B.E.

1954-55 L.B. McMahon IRFU

1955-56 C.A. Boyle

1956-57 L.J. Lysaght

1957-58 E.J. Lightfoot

1958-59 P.L. Tighe

1959-60 C.R. Graves

1960-61 R. Fitzgerald

1961-62 P.S. O’Neill

1962-63 E.J. Doyle

1963-64 Dr. K.D. Mullen

1964-65 N. McConnell

1965-66 D.P. Smyth B. Arch

1966-67 Dr. G.A. O’Reilly

1967-68 D.G. O’Leary

1968-69 T.W. R. Meates

1969-70 T.J. Cullen B. Arch

1970-71 J.F. Coffey IRFU

1971-72 R. Ganly IRFU

1972-73 A.R. Dawson IRFU

1973-74 M.H. Carroll IRFU

1974-75 W.D. Fraser

1975-76 F.R. McMullen

1976-77 P.F. Madigan IRFU

1977-78 K.D. Kelleher

1978-79 I.B. Cairnduff

1979-80 P.J. Bolger

1980-81 B. Cross

1981-82 N.H. Brophy IRFU

1982-83 E. Egan

1983-84 P.J. Boyle IRFU

1984-85 M. Cuddy IRFU

1985-86 A. Twomey

1986-87 R.L.K. Mills

1987-88 B.S. Murphy

1988-89 R.A. Brophy

1989-90 E.J. Coleman IRFU

1990-91 V.J.D. Kirwan

1991-92 C.A. Smyth

1992-93 T. D’Arcy

1993-94 B.T. Keogh IRFU

1994-95 D.P. Guilfoyle

1995-96 W.A. Mulcahy

1996-97 R.S. Browning

1997-98 C.C. Powell IRFU

1998-99 J.D. Hussey IRFU

1999-2000 E.J. Thornton

2000-01 P.A. Cranfield

2001-02 J.R. West

2002-03 A.J. de Lacy

2003-04 L.P. Magee IRFU

2004-05 P. Boylan

2005-06 B. Brady

2006-07 R. Barry-Duke

2007-08 M.J. McLoughlin

2008-09 D. Kavanagh

2009-10 D. Lamont

2010-11 K. Fitzpatrick

2011-12 S. Bayley

2012-13 B. Gormley

2013-14 P.J. Deering

2014-15 J. Glackin

2015-16 R. McDermott

2016-17 F. Doherty

2017-18 N. Rynne

2018-19 L Balfe

2019-20 R Deacon

2020-22 J Walsh

2022-23 D Carty

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Your

OLSC!

Welcome back to a new season of

Leinster Rugby and what we hope will

be an enjoyable and successful season

for both the team and supporters.

As a Leinster Rugby Season Ticket

Holder, you are automatically a

member of the Official Leinster

Supporters Club (OLSC). The

Supporters Club is your club and

works on your behalf in a number

of ways to help support the Boys

and the Girls in Blue.

Where to Find Us

You can find us on RDS Arena match

days in the new Laighin Den (behind the

Anglesea Stand), so please drop over to

say hello, get some advice or to see our

OLSC Merchandise range.

We’d also encourage you to follow us

on social media where we are active in

all things both Leinster and supporters by

checking our social media pages:

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/OLSCRugby

INSTAGRAM:

https://www.instagram.com/olscrugby

TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/olscrugby

EMAIL:

olsc@leinsterrugby.ie

Merchandise

We also sell a limited number of OLSC

Branded Merchandise.

Check it out on match days in The Laighin

Den or our online shop http://www.shop.

olsc.ie

Please note the online shop is run by

volunteers and deliveries are sent out

weekly.

Volunteers

The OLSC is run on behalf of the

supporters by the OLSC Committee,

which consists of Season Ticket Holders

who volunteer to run the club.

However, we are always looking for

more volunteers.

Throughout the season at some of

the biggest games in the RDS Arena,

Aviva Stadium, Energia Park and away

from home we may need your help to

distribute flags or hats to other supporters.

If you would like to be contacted when

we need assistance, please email olsc@

leinsterrugby.ie

About Us

Season Ticket Holders are automatically

members of the Official Leinster

Supporters Club.

The supporters club is your club and

works on your behalf in a number of

ways to help support the Boys and the

Girls in Blue including inter-provincial

buses, supporters discounts, away guides

and flagging both home and away

games.

These aims and more are available

to read on the Leinster Rugby website

https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/

supporters/about-the-olsc/

URC Away Games

The OLSC has put together some useful

travel and ticketing information to help

you get to the away games - https://

bit.ly/3fb60X2 - and please use the

hashtags #olscontour and #awaydays

if you yourself are away and looking to

link in!

Getting to see Leinster on the road in

the URC is more affordable than you

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think, for supporters wanting to travel

themselves.

There isn’t such a high demand as the

European away fixtures and as such

flights, travel and accommodation is much

better value.

Leinster rugby

Colours 2022|23

You can travel to see Leinster in the UK

for as little as €145pp – for example

return flights €70, accommodation €50

and match tickets €25.

Away Travel Guides

Over the season we regularly produce

supporters away guides for individual

European & URC games. Keep an eye

out on our social media for them. You

can find some of the previous guides here

https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/

supporters/away-guides/

united rugby chmpionship Home Kit

And Finally...

Enjoy the season ahead!

We came so close to achieving that

fifth star, to reaching a URC final and to

winning a first women’s interpro since

2019…but beyond all of that it’s about

the friendships and the memories we

make as supporters with both friend and

foe!

See you all at The Laighin Den!

Away Kit

Heineken Champions Cup

Home Kit

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Leinster Rugby At Home

The RDS Arena

[ Established: 1731 | First Leinster Game: 2005 | Capacity: 18,300 ]

The RDS Arena has been home

to Leinster Rugby since 2007

when the senior team’s games

were relocated from Donnybrook

stadium.

The RDS is situated in the heart of Dublin,

in Ballsbridge, and is located on a 42-

acre site between the Intercontinental

Dublin and the Herbert Park Hotel on

Merrion Road.

It has previously hosted high-profile

concerts such as Justin Bieber, Bruce

Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Pink and

Bon Jovi. It has also hosted other sporting

events such as FAI Cup Finals, the Special

Olympics, Davis Cup Tennis and, of

course, the annual Dublin Horse Show.

The Arena holds a capacity of 18,300

which can be increased by a further

1,500 if required via temporary seating.

Leinster Rugby’s first home game after

the official move was a win against

Edinburgh Rugby in the then Magners

League in September 2007, though

the first game played at the RDS by the

province was a 34-15 win over Cardiff

Blues in September 2005.

Since then, the RDS Arena hosts the

majority of Leinster Rugby home games

and has witnessed some brilliant highs

but also some agonising lows! As well as

hosting the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby

Schools Senior Final each year, the RDS

Arena has also hosted the finals of other

tournaments.

Most recently, it hosted the 2014 PRO12

Final where Leinster defeated Glasgow

Warriors 34-12 with Zane Kirchner (2),

Shane Jennings and Gordon D’Arcy all

touching down for the home side.

The season before that, the RDS

witnessed Leinster success across both

domestic and European competition as

the province claimed the PRO12 and

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Challenge Cup titles with both finals

played at the Dublin 4 venue.

Leinster beat Stade Francais 34-13 in

the final of the Challenge Cup with Ian

Madigan, Seán Cronin, Rob Kearney and

Cian Healy all scoring tries and Johnny

Sexton adding 14 points with the boot.

Eight days later, Ulster came to town for

what was a ‘home’ final for them but

with Ravenhill out of commission due to

its redevelopment, the RDS Arena was

nominated as their home venue.

In a tightly-contested game, played

in front of 19,200 spectators, Leinster

prevailed on a scoreline of 24-18 with

tries from Shane Jennings and Jamie

Heaslip proving crucial. It was also the

last game of Joe Schmidt’s time as head

coach of Leinster Rugby.

Leinster have also suffered final defeat in

the RDS. In 2012, Ospreys came away

victors in the Magners League Final. A

try from winger Shane Williams in the

78th minute converted by Dan Biggar

snatched a 31-30 victory for the Welsh

region.

The same opposition had also carried

out a similar ambush in 2010 when they

defeated Leinster 17-12 in the Celtic

League final. Two tries in the first half

from Tommy Bowe and Lee Byrne did

the damage and set them on their way in

front of a sold-out RDS.

In recent years, Leinster have enjoyed

success at the RDS Arena, defeating

Munster in the final of the 2020/21

Guinness PRO14, albeit behind closed

doors.

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Aviva Stadium

[ Opened: 2010 | Capacity: 51,700 ]

AVIVA Stadium, as it is now

known, was officially opened on

May 14, 2010, but of course it was

previously known as the iconic

Lansdowne Road Stadium prior to

its redevelopment.

The original Lansdowne Road Stadium

was the vision of Henry William

Dunlop, an outstanding young athlete

who organised the All-Ireland Athletics

Championships. His vision was to create

a purpose built sporting venue and this

he did at Lansdowne Road where the

stadium first opened for athletics in 1872.

The first rugby match played at the

ground was an interprovincial between

Leinster and Ulster in December 1876

but it wasn’t until two years later that

Lansdowne held its first international

rugby fixture.

In the late 1980s, the Irish soccer team

also made the stadium their home

although football games had taken

place in the stadium as early as 1900.

Waterford United hosted Manchester

United in a European Cup tie at

Lansdowne Road in 1968, a 3-1 win for

the English club.

In its old incarnation, the Lansdowne

Road stadium was the oldest sports

stadium in Europe.

Similar to the RDS Arena, it has a proud

history of hosting world class sporting

events such as the 2011 Europa League

Final and an American football game

between Notre Dame and Navy in

2012. It also seen some of the world’s

best musicians perform including Frank

Sinatra, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Bon

Jovi, Robbie Williams and U2.

The first rugby union game at the new

AVIVA Stadium was an exhibition game

on 31 July 2010 played in front of

35,150 spectators, involving Under-18

and Under-20 players from all four

of Ireland’s provincial sides, with a

Leinster/Ulster side defeating a Munster/

Connacht combination 68-0.

On the Leinster/Ulster team that day

were players such as Sam Coghlan-

Murray, James Tracy, Marty Moore

and Cathal Marsh who would go on to

represent Leinster Rugby at senior level.

Leinster won their opening home game

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at AVIVA Stadium against Munster

13-9 on October 2, 2010, in front of a

then record Celtic League attendance

of 50,645. The league record was

exceeded on March 29, 2014 when

Leinster again beat Munster, 22-18, in

front of 51,700 people.

Leinster Rugby typically play two regular

season games each year in AVIVA

Stadium. One in the Guinness PRO14

against Munster Rugby, and the other in

the Heineken Champions Cup, usually

during the back-to-back December

fixtures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic which

has resulted in rescheduled tournament

formats and games taking place behind

closed doors, the regular AVIVA Stadium

fixtures are subject to changes in

circumstance.

AVIVA Stadium was selected as the host

venue for the 2017/18 Guinness PRO14

Final and, on May 26, 2018, Leinster

Rugby won the PRO14 for the fifth time

when beating Scarlets 40-32 in front of

46,092 supporters to complete a first

ever club European and domestic

double.

In 2020, the stadium was chosen as the

venue for the Irish leg of the completion

of the Guinness PRO14 season. It

involved the four provinces playing

two games each with three of them

later qualifying for the semi-final stage.

Leinster’s number one seeding ensured

that, should they win in the last four, the

final would also take place in AVIVA

Stadium. They duly beat Munster before

clinching a third consecutive Guinness

PRO14 title with a 27-5 win over Ulster in

the decider.

The Ballsbridge venue has also been

chosen as the host stadium for the 2023

EPCR Finals Weekend.

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17/09/2022

KO 14:00

United Rugby Championship

ZEBRE V LEINSTER

Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

14/10/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

CONNACHT V LEINSTER

Sportsground

03/12/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V ULSTER

RDS Arena

23/09/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V BENETTON

RDS Arena

22/10/2022

KO 17:15

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V MUNSTER

Aviva Stadium

09/10/11 Dec/2022

KO TBC

Heineken Champions Cup

RACING 92 V LEINSTER

30/09/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

ULSTER V LEINSTER

Kingspan Stadium

28/10/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

SCARLETS V LEINSTER

Parc y Scarlets

16/17/18 Dec/2022

KO TBC

Heineken Champions Cup

LEINSTER V GLOUCESTER RUGBY

RDS Arena

08/10/2022

KO 17:05

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V CELL C SHARKS

RDS Arena

26/11 /2022

KO 15:15

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V GLASGOW

RDS Arena

26/12/2022

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

MUNSTER V LEINSTER

Thomond Park

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01/01/2023

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V CONNACHT

RDS Arena

28/01/2023

KO 17:00

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V CARDIFF RUGBY

RDS Arena

15/04/2023

KO 14:00

United Rugby Championship

EMIRATES LIONS V LEINSTER

Emirates Airline Park

07/01/2023

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

OSPREYS V LEINSTER

Swansea.com Stadium

18/02/2023

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V DRAGONS RFC

RDS Arena

22/04/2023

KO 16:05

United Rugby Championship

VODACOM BULLS V LEINSTER

Loftus Versfeld

13/14/15 Jan/2023

KO TBC

Heineken Champions Cup

GLOUCESTER RUGBY V LEINSTER

Kingsholm

04/03/2023

KO 17:05

United Rugby Championship

EDINBURGH V LEINSTER

DAM Health Stadium

20/21/22 Jan/2023

KO TBC

Heineken Champions Cup

LEINSTER V RACING 92

Aviva Stadium

24/03/2023

KO 19:35

United Rugby Championship

LEINSTER V DHL STORMERS

RDS Arena

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2021/22

A season in review

Earlier Josh van der Flier, Andrew Porter

and James Tracy had dotted down while

captain Johnny Sexton was flawless off

the tee.

There was a competitive Leinster Rugby

debut on the night for new signing

Michael Ala’alatoa while, on the other

side of the scrum, Andrew Porter made

his first outing back in the loosehead

position where he had first made his

name.

The visitors mustered only three points on

their first day out in what was traditionally

a northern hemisphere league, those

coming from the boot of Johan Goosen.

Leinster Rugby 40

Harlequins 21

10 September 2021

Aviva Stadium

Pre-Season Friendly

Leinster Rugby defeated

Harlequins 40-21 at Aviva

Stadium in a Bank of Ireland preseason

friendly ahead of the first

game of the URC season.

Six tries, including four in the first half,

were enough to see off the Gallagher

Premiership champions who showed their

class throughout plenty of spells during

the contest.

Conor O’Brien struck first. The centre,

playing for the first time since February

2020 was on the end of an attack started

by a break from Rob Russell.

Further tries from Scott Penny, Johnny

Sexton and Jamie Osborne helped

Leinster to a 28-7 half-time lead.

Ryan Baird and Academy centre Liam

Turner added to the scoreboard in the

second half while the visitors were able to

pick off a couple of late consolations.

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Leinster 31

Vodacom Bulls 3

25 September 2021

Aviva Stadium

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby kicked

off life in the new United

Rugby Championship with a

comprehensive 31-3 victory over

newcomers Vodacom Bulls.

Ross Byrne pounced for the bonus-point

try midway through the second half which

he also converted, sealing a maximum

return for the hosts.

Dragons 6

Leinster 7

3 October 2021

Rodney Parade

United Rugby Championship

Josh van der Flier earned the

Player of the Match on his 100th

appearance for Leinster Rugby as

the province claimed a one-point

win against Dragons.

The Dragons made it their mission to

make a mess of Leinster’s ruck at Rodney

Parade with an impressive back row of

Aaron Wainwright, Ollie Griffiths and

Ross Moriarty.

Leinster did not quite hit their stride early

on, meeting a very aggressive Dragons

defence.

Leinster’s only score of the afternoon

would come from a Max Deegan try

in the 12th minute, converted by Ross

Byrne, as the flanker continued his return

to action after missing the majority of the

2020/21 campaign with an ACL injury.

Dragons’ Sam Davies kicked two secondhalf

penalties in quick succession but

Leinster dug in and were able to prevent

the resurgent hosts from snatching the

victory.


Leinster 43

Zebre 7

9 October 2021

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Adam Byrne picked up two tries

on his return from a 22-month

lay-off as Leinster Rugby made

it three wins out of three in the

United Rugby Championship.

Johnny Sexton was named URC Player of

the Match after coming on early for the

injured Harry Byrne, the out-half getting

his side ticking all over the pitch.

Scott Penny’s first-minute try was a signal

of intent from the holders while Jordan

Larmour doubled down on that in the

12th minute.

After almost two years watching on from

the sidelines, Adam Byrne got his first try

to a raucous reception in the 38th minute.

The winger completed his brace just eight

minutes after the break, by which time Ed

Byrne and Seán Cronin had extended

Leinster’s advantage.

Rónan Kelleher came off the pitch to grab

a seventh try before Pierre Bruno’s late

consolation for the Italians.

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Scarlets 15

16 October 2021

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby continued their

excellent start to the United

Rugby Championship with a 50-15

Round 4 win over Scarlets at the

RDS Arena.

Leading by 22-8 at the break despite

trailing twice early on, the hosts would

overpower their visitors further in the

second half with replacement front-rowers

Dan Sheehan and Cian Healy combining

for three tries.

Caelan Doris would also dot down in that

second half making it a successful night

on the scoreboard for Leinster forwards,

Rónan Kelleher and Andrew Porter also

crossing the whitewash.

As well as the six tries from the forwards,

Leinster were awarded a penalty try

while the clock was in the red awaiting

the end of the first half.

Johnny McNicholl and Tomas Lezana

notched a five-pointer for the visitors in

each half but it wasn’t enough against a

dominant home team.

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22 October 2021

Scotstoun Stadium

United Rugby Championship

Dan Sheehan celebrated his call

up to the Ireland squad with

the bonus-point try that helped

Leinster Rugby see off Glasgow

Warriors in Round 5 of the URC.

Sheehan’s try arrived midway through

the second half off the back of a positive

third quarter in which Leinster stretched

their advantage from seven to 21.

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Scotstoun Stadium is a place where most

visitors have known their share of turmoil

over the years, and arrive knowing a

good start is usually imperative.

Leinster were granted just that when

the rapid dancing feet of hooker Rónan

Kelleher allowed him to open the scoring

in the sixth minute.

Hugo Keenan and Adam Byrne helped

the lead along with the full-back dotting

down in the first half before Byrne

extended the advantage ahead of

Sheehan’s bonus-point effort.

There was a perfect night on the tee too

for Ross Byrne, the out-half kicking five

from five.

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Ulster 20

27 November 2021

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Ulster wrestled away Leinster

Rugby’s unbeaten URC record

with a late interception try to seal

a 20-10 win in Round 6 at the RDS

Arena.

This interprovincial derby was billed as

a face-off between two in-form sides in

the URC.

The visitors came with early pressure and

made it tell on the score board when

Greg Jones reacted quickest after quarter

of an hour.

Robbie Henshaw, returning for his first

Leinster Rugby appearance of the season

picked off a try in the 50th minute. Ross

Byrne’s penalty restored parity with just

15 remaining.

However, there was one more punch left

in Ulster and after Doak had given them

back a three-point lead, James Hume

picked off a wayward pass to score a

last-minute try and seal the win for Ulster.

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Connacht 19

3 December 2021

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby bounced back

from defeat in style, registering a

bonus-point win over Connacht in

the United Rugby Championship

at the RDS Arena.

They hit the westerners for seven tries,

three in the first half followed by an

impressive second half salvo.

All the signs pointed towards a Blues

backlash. But, it wasn’t one-way traffic in

the first 40.

Mack Hansen struck first for Connacht

and Sammy Arnold restored their lead

after Rhys Ruddock had hit back but

when Garry Ringrose and Dan Sheehan

both got in for tries in the closing 10

minutes of the half, it looked as though

the initiative was back with the hosts.

That was made clearer when Jordan

Larmour scored after a minute of the

second half before Caelan Doris, Ryan

Baird and Max Deegan saw out the

victory, while Harry Byrne kicked five

conversions.

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Bath 20

11 December 2021

Aviva Stadium

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby kicked off their

Heineken Champions Cup

campaign with a 45-20 win

over Bath Rugby at a cold Aviva

Stadium.

There were seven tries on the day, a

brace for Jamison Gibson-Park, and one

each for Tadhg Furlong – the Heineken

Star of the Match – James Lowe, Hugo

Keenan, Josh van der Flier and Rónan

Kelleher.

Three Leinster players also made

European debuts for the province with

Michael Ala’alatoa, Dan Sheehan and

Tommy O’Brien introduced from the

bench.

With a bonus-point secured, and leading

31-13 by the break, the second half was

played with a lot of freedom in front of a

25,000+ crowd at Aviva Stadium.

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Leinster 0

match awarded to the French

club by EPCR

Following a meeting of an

independent Match Risk

Assessment Committee, EPCR

were advised that the Heineken

Champions Cup Round 2 fixture

between Montpellier Hérault

Rugby and Leinster Rugby at the

GGL Stadium could not go ahead

safely.

The contest in Pool A was therefore

cancelled with Montpellier Hérault Rugby

awarded the match on a 28-0, five match

points basis, in accordance with the

Tournament Rules.

Leinster Rugby’s team management later

expressed its disappointment with EPCR

over the decision to award a 28-0 win in

Montpellier’s favour.

The Leinster Rugby squad and staff

had five rounds of Antigen tests and

four rounds of PCR tests in the six days

leading up to the game and a group of

players and staff, who had come through

each stage of those tests, had been

selected to represent the club in France

and arrangements made accordingly.

As a result of these test results and the

measures implemented by Leinster

Rugby, a letter was issued, Thursday, 16

December, to Leinster Rugby from Public

Health Ireland confirming that the group

could travel to France for the game.

At all times, Leinster Rugby complied with

all measures and protocols required of

the club by EPCR, and by the HSE, and

will continue to do so.

While the province are disappointed with

the outcome of the decision by EPCR, the

focus was quickly switched to the health

and well-being of all players and staff.

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Montpellier 7

16 January 2022

RDS Arena

Heineken Champions Cup

After almost five weeks out of

action due to Covid cancellations

throughout the Christmas break,

Leinster Rugby kicked off 2022 in

the most impressive of fashion.

Having conceded the reverse fixture to

Montpellier, a statement of intent was

made when they visited Dublin as the

boys in blue ran in no fewer than 13 tries.

Jack Conan kicked it off in just the second

minute of the game and would later get a

second. There were also braces for Josh

van der Flier and Dan Sheehan while

Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross

Molony, Michael Ala’alatoa, Jordan

Larmour, Jimmy O’Brien and James Lowe

were also on the scoresheet.

Byrne also kicked 14 points with the boot

before captain Johnny Sexton came on to

add a further 10 points.

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22 January 2022

Recreation Ground

Heineken Champions Cup

Jimmy O’Brien was the star of the

show at the Rec as Leinster Rugby

sealed their spot in the Heineken

Champions Cup Round of 16 with

a resounding win over Bath.

The winger bagged four tries in what was

an impressive all-round performance from

O’Brien and his teammates.

Vakh Abdaladze made his European

debut from the bench on the day when

Leinster had seven different try-scorers.

On top of O’Brien’s four, Jordan Larmour,

Josh van der Flier, Andrew Porter, Ciarán

Frawley, Hugo Keenan and Dan Sheehan

all crossed over for the province.

Johnny Sexton kicked five conversions in

a performance that was another reminder

of his enduring quality while Ross Byrne

also added four points from the tee.

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Leinster Rugby 27

29 January 2022

Cardiff Arms Park

United Rugby Championship

There was heartbreak on this

occasion for Leinster as Cardiff

scored victory at the death with a

successful penalty.

Playing in front of a raucous home

crowd, the first time the home crowd had

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een allowed following an easing of

restrictions in Wales, the match was neck

and neck throughout.

Adam Byrne’s first half try seeing Leinster

trail by three at half-time. James Tracy

and Scott Penny added to that in the

second half but Jarod Evans continued to

nudge Cardiff along with the boot.

And it was Evans who would have the

final say when he converted from almost

50 metres with the clock in the red to

clinch the points.

Despite the victory, it was a memorable

night for young Academy lock Joe

McCarthy who made his debut for the

province and gave an all-action display

featuring some strong carries.

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Edinburgh Rugby 7

11 February 2022

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

There was a return to winning

ways for Leinster back at the RDS

against high-flying Edinburgh in

early February.

In a tightly fought battle, late tries from

Vakh Abdaladze and Max Deegan were

needed to finally see off the Scottish

capital club.

It had started well for Leo Cullen’s men

when Scott Penny crashed over midway

through the first half and was later

followed by Nick McCarthy, making his

first start since returning from Munster in

the summer.

The second half was a challenging one

as conditions turned and both teams were

forced to keep possession tight with the

forwards.

Eventually though, Leinster were able

to make their dominance tell and

Abdaladze and Deegan dotted down

before Edinburgh could pick up a

consolation in the closing minutes.

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Ospreys 7

19 February 2022

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

It became two wins from two

at home when visitors Ospreys

were dismissed by 22 points the

following weekend.

It was yet again a solid showing

defensively as the opposition were limited

to a single try, coming late on when the

result was beyond doubt.

Jordan Larmour and Cian Healy scored

first half tries for Leinster before the bonus

point was secured in the 73rd minute by

Scott Penny.

The biggest roar of the night was saved

for the return from injury of James Lowe,

coming off the bench to score Leinster’s

third in style.

Ross Byrne picked out Jimmy O’Brien

with a crossfield kick and he fed the ball

back into the hotstepping Lowe who ran it

home from just outside his own 22.

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Emirates Lions 13

25 February 2022

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Leinster rounded out a successful

February window with a win

against a dogged Emirates Lions

side in the first ever meeting

between the two clubs.

A fresh-faced looking Leinster lineup

started very well with Academy duo Max

O’Reilly and Jamie Osborne linking up

very well to set up Dave Kearney for the

first try just six minutes in.

Jordaan Hendrikse kept Lions in touch

using the boot and they would go in at

half-time just a single point down.

A quickfire brace of tries in the opening

10 minutes of the second half from

Michael Ala’alatoa and Scott Penny

gave the province some breathing room

but Jaco Kriel’s late effort for Lions made

sure that Leinster were forced to sweat for

the closing minutes.

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Leinster Rugby 61

5 March 2022

Stadio Monigo

United Rugby Championship

There was another big score for

Leinster, this time in Italy, when

they took apart Benetton Rugby

61-17 at Stadio Monigo in early

March.

Leading 28-3 at the break, thanks to tries

from Max Deegan, Seán Cronin, Jordan

Larmour and Ross Byrne, Leinster showed

no let-up in the second period, hitting

another 33.

The power of the maul was evident

in Cronin picking up a brace with his

replacement James Tracy coming off the

bench to repeat the feat.

Jimmy O’Brien also added two to

his ever-growing tally for the season

and even picked up a rare successful

conversion when both Byrnes had

already left the field of play later on.

Ross Byrne was awarded the player of

the match after another assured showing

at 10, adding 14 points from the tee to

his try.

Leinster hit back before the half-hour

mark and it was Max Deegan who did

the damage. However, recent Ireland

international cap Mike Lowry wasn’t long

in restoring Ulster’s advantage.

The hosts would take an 18-10 lead into

the break and Leinster could only muster

a Ross Byrne penalty in response as the

weather played havoc with both teams’

attempts to play rugby.

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Leinster Rugby 34

2 April 2022

Thomond Park

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby flooded forward

for a bonus-point win over

Munster at Thomond Park,

stretching their lead to 10 points

at the head of the URC.

James Lowe doubled up in the

performance with the second and fourth

tries, along with two from Garry Ringrose

and Jimmy O’Brien.

That effort from Ringrose and nine points

from Ross Byrne had Leinster ahead by

two (14-12) at the break.

The second half was much more open

and it was Leinster who took advantage,

pulling away with three further tries to

clinch the bonus point.

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Leinster Rugby 26

8 April 2022

The Sportsground

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby built up a fivepoint

lead before the second leg

of their Round of 16 Heineken

Champions Cup tie with Connacht

Rugby at Aviva Stadium.

Leo Cullen’s men had to absorb an early

try and a yellow card to Jamison Gibson-

Park on their way to posting three tries,

two from James Lowe and one from Hugo

Keenan, at The Sportsground in the first

of the two-match tie.

John Porch struck for Connacht in just the

second minute before Leinster came back

to lead 18-11 at the break.

From there, the visitors showed excellent

game management in ensuring that they

would bring a lead back to the home

leg.

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Leinster Rugby 13

12 March 2022

Kingspan Stadium

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby came away from

Belfast with a losing bonus-point

to hold onto top spot in the United

Rugby Championship on an

inclement Saturday evening.

Ulster started the better of the two and

made it show on the scoreboard when

Sam Carter dotted down inside the

opening 10 minutes.

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Connacht Rugby 20

15 April 2022

Aviva Stadium

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby moved into the

quarter-finals of the Heineken

Champions Cup thanks to a 56-20

victory over Connacht Rugby at

Aviva Stadium.

James Lowe was front and centre for half

of the eight tries and Robbie Henshaw

grabbed a brace in a comprehensive

performance, bringing the aggregate

total to 82-41 over the two legs.

In what was a first for both teams, Leinster

manoeuvred the tricky back-to-back tie

well with Lowe’s four tries providing a

highlight on the day.

Tadhg Furlong and Jamison Gibson-

Park were also on the scoresheet in the

comfortable win.

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Leinster Rugby 23

23 April 2022

Hollywoodbets Kings Park

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby came within inches

of completing a courageous late

comeback against the Cell C

Sharks in Round 16 of the URC.

This was always going to be a tall

assignment for Leinster’s young brigade

in the face of the more mature South

African side, starters Brian Deeny, John

McKee and replacement Lee Barron all

making their provincial debuts.

Ahead by three thanks largely to the boot

of Ciarán Frawley at the break, and tries

from Scott Penny and Tommy O’Brien,

Leinster were put under intense pressure

by the hosts in the second period.

Two yellow cards did not help the cause

and Sharks edged ahead before a last

stand kept Leinster at bay.

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Leinster Rugby 13

20 April 2022

DHL Stadium

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby came away with

a valuable losing bonus point

from Cape Town that secured a

first-place finish with one round

left to play in the United Rugby

Championship.

The Stormers had put together a string

of six wins to be one more away from

securing second place in the league.

If Leinster needed any reminder of the

dangers posed by the in-form South

Africans, they were rocked back on their

heels by Damian Willemse’s mesmerising

counter and fellow centre Ruan Nel’s

finish after just 30 seconds.

Again, the traveling side were hit with two

yellow cards and Ed Byrne’s try on the

hour had the hosts sweating but a penalty

try saw out the win for them.

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Leicester Tigers 14

Leinster Rugby 23

7 May 2022

Welford Road

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby went through to

the semi-finals of the Heineken

Champions Cup after a 23-14 win

over Leicester Tigers at Mattioli

Woods Welford Road.

A 20-point first half lead was enough

breathing room for Leinster to see out the

victory, coming through tries from Josh

van der Flier and Robbie Henshaw.

The now English champions pushed

back after the break and tries from Chris

Ashton and Nic Dolly closed the gap

before Ross Byrne settled nerves with

three points from the tee.

A brace of tries by James Lowe and two

more from Josh van der Flier and Hugo

Keenan were enough to dethrone the

French side at a sun-drenched Aviva

Stadium.

In front of over 42,000 people, Leinster

fell behind to an early Antoine Dupont try

before unleashing a clinical performance

for the remaining 70 minutes.

Leading 23-10 at the break, they kicked

on further in the second half to book their

place in the final.

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Munster Rugby 25

21 May 2022

Aviva Stadium

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby ended their

United Rugby Championship

regular season with a win against

Munster at Aviva Stadium.

They set up a home quarter-final against

Glasgow Warriors on the first weekend

in June.

Much-changed from the Toulouse win,

Leinster scored within a minute through

Scott Penny, before Cormac Foley got his

first try for the province after Munster had

hit back.

Harry Byrne was in good form while

man of the match Jordan Larmour had a

big say in setting up Rory O’Loughlin’s

effort, later voted as the province’s Try of

the Year.

A 10-point win for Leinster in front of

32,411 was a nice way to sign off the

regular season.

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Stade Toulousain 17

14 May 2022

Aviva Stadium

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby qualified for the

2022 edition of the Heineken

Champions Cup final in Marseille

on May 28 with a 40-17 victory

over holders, Toulouse.

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Stade Rochelais 24

28 May 2022

Stade Velodrome

Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster Rugby suffered a threepoint

defeat to La Rochelle in the

final of the Heineken Champions

Cup at Marseille’s Stade

Velodrome.

It was heartbreak for the Irish province as

replacement scrum-half Arthur Retiere’s

80th-minute try nudged La Rochelle

in front with seconds remaining. Ihaia

West’s conversion would be the last

action on the day.

Leinster, who had led from the 23rd

minute until Retiere’s try, would not score

a try throughout the 80 minutes while the

French side would run in three.

Captain Johnny Sexton kicked 18 of his

side’s 21-point total with the other three

coming from Ross Byrne.

On the other hand, La Rochelle had tries

from Raymond Rhule, Pierre Bourgarit

and Arthur Retiere which proved key.

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Glasgow Warriors 14

4 June 2022

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby booked their spot

in the last four of the URC with

a resounding 12-try victory over

Glasgow Warriors at the RDS

Arena.

Among the tries, there were braces for

Dan Sheehan and man of the match

Jordan Larmour while Joe McCarthy

registered his first points for the province.

There were eight five-pointers in the

second half with Larmour’s second joined

on the scoresheet by efforts from Caelan

Doris, Michael Ala’alatoa, Jamison

Gibson-Park, Garry Ringrose, Ciarán

Frawley, Luke McGrath and Jimmy

O’Brien.

Between them, Ross and Harry Byrne

kicked 16 points from conversions

between them.

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Vodacom Bulls 27

10 June 2022

RDS Arena

United Rugby Championship

Leinster Rugby’s season ended

with a single-point loss to the

Vodacom Bulls in the URC semifinal

at the RDS Arena.

A late Cian Healy try closed the gap

to just one but it came with time up and

referee Andrea Piardi signalled full-time

on completion of Johnny Sexton’s

conversion.

Amid temperamental weather in

Ballsbridge, the first half saw the Bulls go

in with a three-point lead following a try

late in the half from Robbie Henshaw to

get Leinster back in touching distance.

The 52nd-minute sinbinning of James

Ryan which also resulted in a penalty try

for the Bulls saw the game edge further

from Leinster’s reach but when Rory

O’Loughlin added a try for Leinster in

the 69th minute, a comeback seemed on

the cards.

However, Morne Steyn came off the

bench to kick the clinching three points

that ensured Cian Healy’s late effort

would not be enough.

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Leinster Rugby

Coaching and

Backroom Team

2022/23

HONOURS: Leo was appointed

Leinster Rugby Head Coach

for the 2015/16 season having

served as Forwards Coach for

a season under Matt O’Connor

and having played for Leinster

Rugby with distinction for nearly

20 years.

Leo won 32 Ireland caps and 221

Leinster caps during a stellar career

that saw him win titles with both Leinster

Rugby and Leicester Tigers.

The former Blackrock College player first

appeared in blue in 1995 but made his

senior debut in October 1998 against

Connacht during the interprovincial

championship. He would also appear

against Stade Francais and Bordeaux-

Begles in the Heineken Cup of the

1998/99 season.

He won his first trophy in 2001/02 as the

inaugural Celtic League went Leinster’s

way and later that summer he was

included in the Ireland squad to tour New

Zealand, appearing for the national side

in June against the All Blacks.

The Wicklow man gained 32 Irish caps

during his career and had the honour

of captaining his side against Russia, in

Rotorua, during the 2011 Rugby World

Cup. He also captained Ireland against

Scotland a month previous.

Cullen’s service for the province was

interrupted by a two-season spell with

Leicester Tigers where he won the

Guinness Premiership and the EDF Energy

Cup in 2007. They were denied the

treble when Wasps defeated them in the

Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. The

following season saw Cullen tempted

back to the Leinster set-up and the early

signs were positive as Leinster won the

Magners League in 2007/2008.

The following season the 6’ 6” lock

was handed the captain’s armband

and only nine months later, he was

raising the Heineken Cup trophy aloft

after a memorable win over Leicester at

Murrayfield.

Further success in Europe would follow

in 2011, when Cullen captained Leinster

to an astonishing comeback win over

Northampton Saints at the Millennium

Stadium, and in May 2012 when his

team retained their title with a dominant

win over Ulster. In lifting the trophy at

Twickenham, Cullen became the first man

to captain a team to three Heineken Cup

Final successes.

His final two seasons as a player saw

Cullen lift three more trophies with

Leinster. The Amlin Challenge Cup and

RaboDirect PRO12 titles were won on two

consecutive weekends at the end of May

in 2013, and in Cullen’s final appearance

for the province he lifted the RaboDirect

PRO12 title for a second season in

succession, alongside fellow departee

Brian O’Driscoll.

Cullen was asked to join the Leinster

backroom staff by head coach Matt

O’Connor after his retirement and he

became the Leinster forwards coach

in July 2014. In that first season in a

coaching capacity Leinster reached the

Champions Cup semi-final losing out in

extra time to eventual winners Toulon.

With the departure of O’Connor a season

later, Cullen was appointed Leinster

Rugby Head Coach in August 2015

and led the province to the top of the

Guinness PRO12 table and to the PRO12

Final in his first season in charge.

In his second season in charge Leinster

Rugby reached the last four of both the

Guinness PRO12 and the Champions

Cup and as a result he signed a two year

extension in June 2017.

In 2018, in his third season, Cullen

became the first man to win a Champions

Cup title as a player and as a head

coach as he presided over a first ever

Guinness PRO14 and Champions Cup

double for Leinster.

The following year he again led Leinster

Rugby to two finals, unfortunately

coming up short against Saracens in

the Heineken Champions Cup Final in

St. James’ Park but only two weeks later

winning back-to-back Guinness PRO14

titles in Celtic Park.

Following the success in Celtic Park,

Cullen signed a two year extension to his

IRFU contract meaning he would remain

at the helm until the end of the 2020/21

season at least and he has since signed

an additional contract extension to the

end of the 2022/23 season.

Before last season, Cullen had

masterminded four consecutive Guinness

PRO14 titles for Leinster, including an

unprecedented unbeaten season in the

Guinness PRO14 in 2019/20.

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Leo

Cullen

Head Coach

DOB: 9 January 1978

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Stuart

Lancaster

Senior Coach

DOB: 9 October 1969

HONOURS: Stuart was England Rugby Head Coach from 2011-2015. Before that

he was the RFU’s Elite Rugby Director. He represented Scotland at underage level and

was the first player to play over 100 times for Leeds RUFC (later branded Leeds Tykes).

Prior to joining Leinster Rugby as Senior Coach in September 2016, Lancaster had

short term roles with the Atlanta Falcons, with British Cycling’s world-class performance

programme, with the English FA and with Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup in

New Zealand.

Robin

McBryde

Assistant Coach

DOB: 3 July 1970

HONOURS: McBryde is a former Llanelli and later Scarlets hooker who played over

250 games for his region. In an eleven year international career he was capped 37

times by Wales and played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Since retiring in 2005,

McBryde has immersed himself in coaching initially with the Scarlets and then with

Wales as forwards coach to the senior national squad.

ANDREW

GOODMAN

ASSISTANT COACH

DOB: 28 October 1982

HONOURS: Andrew Goodman won 17 caps for Leinster Rugby over two seasons

between 2012 and 2014, but injury curtailed his second season. During his time with

the club he won a Celtic League and a Challenge Cup title. After retiring, Goodman

became head of the Nelson College rugby academy in 2015. He joined the Tasman

Mako coaching team in 2016, before graduating to the head coach role. He was

appointed backs coach to the Crusaders in 2021.The New Zealand native, who

played at out-half or centre, replaced the departing Felipe Contepomi, and was

confirmed as the Leinster Rugby Assistant Coach in June 2022.

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Emmet

Farrell

Kicking Coach and

Lead Performance Analyst

DOB: 6 March 1977

HONOURS: Emmet was appointed Leinster Analyst in 2003 having successfully

represented Leinster at Schools, U19, U20 and Senior level and Ireland at Schools,

U21 and A levels. His career was cut short due to a knee injury. He joined the Leinster

management team in November 2003 as video analyst and in June 2017 he was also

appointed as Kicking Coach to the senior team.

SEÁN

O’BRIEN

CONTACT SKILLS Coach

DOB: 14 February 1987

The Tullow native left Leinster Rugby at the end of the 2018/19 season as one of the province’s most

decorated players, having come through the Leinster Academy system and having played 126 times for

Leinster since his debut in September 2008 against the Cardiff Blues. In O’Brien’s time at Leinster he was

part of the PRO12/14 winning squads in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019, famously lifting the trophy in

Celtic Park. He has four Heineken Champions Cup medals, starting in the Heineken Cup Finals of 2011 and

2012, and also a Challenge Cup medal in 2013. Off the back of these impressive performances in the blue

of Leinster, he was named European Player of the Year in 2011. O’Brien made his Ireland debut in the RDS

Arena in November 2009 against Fiji and won 54 Ireland caps scoring six tries in total. He was a member

of the Ireland 2015 Six Nations-winning squad and was on two tours with the British and Irish Lions, winning

11 caps. He retired from professional rugby in 2022, after three seasons playing at at London Irish.#

O’Brien joined the Leinster Rugby senior coaching team in June 2022.

Guy

Easterby

Head of Rugby Operations

DOB: 21 March 1971

HONOURS: Guy was appointed Leinster Team Manager in June 2010 having held a

similar role for the province’s British & Irish Cup and ‘A’ sides in the previous season. Guy

enjoyed two spells with the province spanning 64 caps. He also represented Ireland on 28

occasions.

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Leinster

Rugby

Back Room

Team 2022/23

RONAN

O’DONNELL

OPERATIONS MANAGER

BRIAN

COLCLOUGH

SENIOR TEAM

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

KARL

DENVIR

SENIOR

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

MIKE

THOMPSON

MASSEUR

CHARLIE

HIGGINS

HEAD OF ATHLETIC

PERFORMANCE

JULIETTE

FORTUNE

ASSISTANT ANALYST

DARRAGH

CURLEY

SENIOR

REHABILITATION COACH

CHRIS

JONES

MASSEUR

JOE

MCGINLEY

SENIOR ATHLETIC

PERFORMANCE COACH

JACK

O’BRIEN

SPORTS SCIENTIST

FEARGHAL

KERIN

REHABILITATION

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

PROF JOHN

RYAN

HEAD DOCTOR

DAVID

DOODY

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

INTERN

GARRETH

FARRELL

HEAD PHYSIOTHERAPIST

MOLLY

BOYNE

PHYSIOTHERAPY

INTERN

DR STUART

O’FLANAGAN

TEAM DOCTOR

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DR JIM

MCSHANE

TEAM DOCTOR

GORDON

BRETT

HEAD ACADEMY ATHLETIC

DEVELOPMENT COACH

KIERAN

HALLETT

ELITE PLAYER

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

PADRAIC

PHIBBS

SUB-ACADEMY ASSISTANT

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE COACH

EOGHAN

HICKEY

LEAD PERFORMANCE

NUTRITIONIST

EOIN

SMYTH

ACADEMY PERFORMANCE

ANALYST

AARON

DUNDON

ELITE PLAYER

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

LUKE

O’DEA

SUB-ACADEMY ASSISTANT

ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT COACH

JIM

BASTICK

KITMAN

SOPHIE

CONROY

ACADEMY AND SUB-ACADEMY

PERFORMANCE NUTRITIONIST

ADAM

GRIGGS

PROVINCIAL TALENT

COACH

MARK

KENNEALLY

SUB-ACADEMY

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

SIMON

BROUGHTON

ACADEMY MANAGER

TREVOR

HOGAN

COE ELITE PLAYER

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

DAVID

FAGAN

LEAD SUB ACADEMY ATHLETIC

PERFORMANCE COACH

Declan

Darcy

Performance

Coach

AOIFE

HEALY

ACADEMY REHABILITATION

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

JOHNNY

O’HAGAN

‘A’ KIT MAN

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squad 2022/23

Vakhtang

Abdaladze

#1263

DOB

6 Feb 1996

FROM

Kutaisi, Georgia

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

121kg (19st 1 lb)

POSITION

Prop

CLUB

Clontarf FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 December 2017

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (2 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

0+5 1 5 0+4 1 5 0+1 - -

Ryan

Baird

#1278

DOB

26 July 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.98m (6’ 6”)

WEIGHT

113kg (17st 9lbs)

POSITION

Second Row

SCHOOL

St Michael’s College

CLUB

Dublin University FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

27 April 2019

HONOURS

Ireland (8 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

7+4 1 5 6+3 1 5 1+1 - -

Michael

Ala’alatoa

#1301

DOB

28 August 1991

FROM

Camperdown, NSW,

Australia

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

126kg (19st 11lbs)

POSITION

Prop

LEINSTER DEBUT

25 September 2021

HONOURS

Samoa (9 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

12+13 3 15 11+6 2 10 1+7 1 5

Ed

Byrne

#1222

DOB

9 September 1993

FROM

Carlow

HEIGHT

1.80m (5’ 11”)

WEIGHT

115kg (18st)

POSITION

Prop

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

9 February 2014

HONOURS

Ireland (6 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

8+7 2 10 8+5 2 10 0+2 - -

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Harry

Byrne

#1280

DOB

22 April 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

95kg (14st 11lbs)

POSITION

Outhalf

SCHOOL

St. Michael’s College

CLUB

Lansdowne

HONOURS

Ireland (2 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

7+5 - 29 7+5 - 29 - - -

Jack

Conan

#1223

DOB

29 July 1992

FROM

Bray, Wicklow

HEIGHT

1.93m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT

110kg (17st 4 lbs)

POSITION

No 8

CLUB

Old Belvedere RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

20 February 2014

HONOURS

Ireland (30 caps) and British

& Irish Lions (7 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

11+1 2 10 4+1 - - 7 2 10

Ross

Byrne

#1236

DOB

8 April 1995

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

92kg (14st 5lbs)

POSITION

Out-half

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

4 September 2015

HONOURS

Ireland (13 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

15+9 3 176 13+3 2 125 2+6 1 51

Will

Connors

#1264

DOB

4 April 1996

FROM

Donadea, Kildare

HEIGHT

1.96 (6’ 5”)

WEIGHT

99kg (15st 8lbs)

POSITION

Back Row

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

9 February 2018

HONOURS

Ireland (9 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - -

Thomas

Clarkson

#1285

DOB

22 February 2000

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

118kg (18st 7lbs)

POSITION

Prop

SCHOOL

Blackrock College

CLUB

Dublin University FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

29 August 2020

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (13 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

4+4 - - 4+4 - - - - -

Max

Deegan

#1256

DOB

1 October 1996

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.93m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT

110kg (17st 4lbs)

POSITION

No 8

CLUB

Lansdowne FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

3 December 2016

HONOURS

Ireland (1 cap)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

8+11 6 30 8+7 6 30 0+4 - -

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Brian

Deeny

#1306

DOB

2 March 2000

FROM

Wexford

HEIGHT

1.99m (6’ 6”)

WEIGHT

118kg (18st 8lbs)

POSITION

Second Row

SCHOOL

St Peter’s College, Wexford

CLUB

Clontarf FC/Wexford Wanderers RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

23 April 2022

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

2 - - 2 - - - - -

Ciarán

Frawley

#1265

DOB

4 December 1997

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.92m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

98kg (15st 5lbs)

POSITION

Out-half

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

17 February 2018

HONOURS

Ireland U20s (10 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

14+7 3 36 12+3 2 31 2+4 1 5

Caelan

Doris

#1268

DOB

2 April 1998

FROM

Ballina, Mayo

HEIGHT

1.94m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT

106kg (16st 10lbs)

POSITION

Back Row

CLUB

St. Mary’s College RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

28 April 2018

HONOURS

Ireland (20 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

15 3 15 7 3 15 8 - -

Tadhg

Furlong

#1220

DOB

14 November 1992

FROM

Wexford

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

125kg (19st 8lbs)

POSITION

Prop

CLUB

New Ross RFC/Clontarf FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

1 November 2013

HONOURS

Ireland (60 caps) and British

& Irish Lions (13 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

12+1 2 10 5+1 - - 7 2 10

Cormac

Foley

#1299

DOB

24 October 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.81m (5’ 11 ”)

WEIGHT

90kg (14 st 2 lbs)

POSITION

Scrum-half

SCHOOL

St Gerard’s School

CLUB

Lansdowne FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

24 April 2021

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 ( 8 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

2+2 1 5 2+2 1 5 - - -

Jamison

Gibson-Park

#1247

DOB

23 February 1992

FROM

Great Barrier Island, New

Zealand

HEIGHT

1.76m (5’ 9”)

WEIGHT

80kg (12st 8lbs)

POSITION

Scrum-half

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 September 2016

HONOURS

Ireland (20 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

11+4 5 25 5+2 1 5 6+2 4 20

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Cian

Healy

#1142

DOB

7 October 1987

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

116kg (18st 4lbs)

POSITION

Prop

CLUB

Clontarf FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

5 May 2007

HONOURS

Ireland (118 caps) and

British & Irish Lions (2 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

4+14 3 15 3+8 3 15 1+6 - -

Dave

Kearney

#1158

DOB

19 June 1989

FROM

Louth

HEIGHT

1.81m (5’ 11”)

WEIGHT

90kg (14st 2lbs)

POSITION

Wing / Full Back

CLUB

Lansdowne FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

16 May 2009

HONOURS

Ireland (19 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

3+1 1 5 3+1 1 5 - - -

Robbie

Henshaw

#1251

DOB

12 June 1993

FROM

Athlone

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

99kg (15st 8lbs)

POSITION

Centre / Full Back

CLUB

Buccaneers RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

8 October 2016

HONOURS

Ireland (60 caps) and British

& Irish Lions (9 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

10+1 5 25 4+1 2 10 6 3 15

Hugo

Keenan

#1253

DOB

18 June 1996

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

92kg (14st 4lbs)

POSITION

Full Back

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

5 November 2016

HONOURS

Ireland (23 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

14 5 25 6 1 5 8 4 20

Jason

Jenkins

DOB

2 December 1995

FROM

Pretoria, South Africa

HEIGHT

2.03 m (6’ 8”)

WEIGHT

124kg (19st 5lbs)

POSITION

Lock

HONOURS

South Africa (1 cap)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

- - - - - - - - -

Rónan

Kelleher

#1277

DOB

24 January 1998

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT

110kg (17st 5lbs)

POSITION

Hooker

CLUB

Lansdowne FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

22 February 2019

HONOURS

Ireland (18 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

9+2 4 20 2+2 3 15 7 1 5

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Jordan

Larmour

#1258

DOB

10 June 1997

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.78m (5’ 10”)

WEIGHT

88kg (13st 12lbs)

POSITION

Wing

CLUB

St Mary’s College RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 September 2017

HONOURS

Ireland (30 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

12 8 40 9 6 30 3 2 10

Nick

McCarthy

#1241

DOB

25 March 1995

FROM

Ann Arbor, MN, USA

HEIGHT

1.8m (5’ 11”)

WEIGHT

84kg (13st 3lbs)

POSITION

Scrum Half

CLUB

UCD

LEINSTER DEBUT

19 Decemeber 2015

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (18 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

3+7 1 5 3+7 1 5 - - -

James

Lowe

#1262

DOB

8 July 1992

FROM

Nelson, New Zealand

HEIGHT

1.88m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

105kg (16st 7lbs)

POSITION

Wing / Full Back

CLUB

Clondalkin RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 December 2017

HONOURS

Ireland (15 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

11+2 13 65 5+1 3 15 6+1 10 50

Luke

McGrath

#1206

DOB

3 February 1993

FROM

Ontario, Canada

HEIGHT

1.75m (5’ 9”)

WEIGHT

82kg (12st 12lbs)

POSITION

Scrum Half

CLUB

UCD

LEINSTER DEBUT

5 May 2012

HONOURS

Ireland (19 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

12+12 2 10 10+6 2 10 2+6 - -

Joe

McCarthy

#1303

DOB

26 March 2001

FROM

New York, USA

HEIGHT

1.98m (6’ 6”)

WEIGHT

119kg (18st 8lbs)

POSITION

Second Row

SCHOOL

Blackrock College

CLUB

Dublin University FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

29 January 2022

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (7 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

8+3 1 5 8 1 5 0+3 - -

Michael

Milne

#1279

DOB

5 February 1999

FROM

Offaly

HEIGHT

1.83m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT

115kg (18st 1lbs)

POSITION

Prop

SCHOOL

Cistercian College Roscrea

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

28 September 2019

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (8 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

0+1 - - 0+1 - - - - -


Martin

Moloney

#1300

DOB

19 October 1999

FROM

Athy, Kildare

HEIGHT

1.88m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

104kg (16st 5lbs)

POSITION

Back Row

SCHOOL

Knockbeg College

CLUB

Clontarf FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

24 April 2021

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

2+4 - - 2+4 - - - - -

Jimmy

O’Brien

#1272

DOB

27 November 1996

FROM

Kildare

HEIGHT

1.84m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT

89kg (14st 0lbs)

POSITION

Back Three

CLUB

Naas RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

23 November 2018

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (8 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

17+1 9 47 10 4 22 7+1 5 25

Ross

Molony

#1233

DOB

11 May 1994

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

2.00m (6’ 6”)

WEIGHT

116kg (18st 4lbs)

POSITION

Lock

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

20 February 2015

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (10 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

18+5 1 5 10+5 - - 8 1 5

Tommy

O’Brien

#1283

DOB

28 May 1998

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.83m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT

95kg (14st 3lbs)

POSITION

Wing

CLUB

UCD

LEINSTER DEBUT

20 December 2019

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (15 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

6+6 3 15 6+4 3 15 0+2 - -

Charlie

Ngatai

DOB

17 August 1990

FROM

Gisborne, New Zealand

HEIGHT

1.87 m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

102kg (16st 1lbs)

POSITION

Centre / Full Back

SCHOOL

Gisborne Boys High School

HONOURS

New Zealand (1 cap)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

- - - - - - - - -

Jamie

Osborne

#1294

DOB

16 November 2001

FROM

Naas, Kildare

HEIGHT

1.93m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT

97.5kg (15st 5lbs)

POSITION

Centre

SCHOOL

Naas CBS

CLUB

Naas RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

30 January 2021

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

11+2 - - 11+2 - - - - -

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Scott

Penny

#1271

DOB

22 September 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

104kg (16st 4lbs)

POSITION

Flanker

SCHOOL

St Michael’s College

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

23 November 2018

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

11+1 7 35 11+1 7 35 - - -

Rhys

Ruddock

#1167

DOB

13 November 1990

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

113kg (17st 9lbs)

POSITION

Back Row

CLUB

St Mary’s College RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

6 December 2009

HONOURS

Ireland (27 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

13+9 1 5 12+4 1 5 1+5 - -

Andrew

Porter

#1246

DOB

16 January 1996

BIRTHPLACE

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.84m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

114kg (17st 13lbs)

POSITION

Prop

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 September 2016

HONOURS

Ireland (46 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

13+1 3 15 6+1 2 10 7 1 5

Charlie

Ryan

DOB

3 February 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

2.01m (6’ 7”)

WEIGHT

115kg (18st 1lbs)

POSITION

Lock

SCHOOL

Blackrock College

CLUB

Terenure College RFC

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (15 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

- - - - - - - - -

Garry

Ringrose

#1237

DOB

26 January 1995

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.87m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

96kg (15st 1lbs)

POSITION

Centre

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

12 September 2015

HONOURS

Ireland (44 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

16 3 15 8 3 15 8 - -

James

Ryan

#1259

DOB

24 July 1996

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

2.00m (6’ 7”)

WEIGHT

115kg (18st 1lbs)

POSITION

Lock

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

2 September 2017

HONOURS

Ireland (46 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

8 - - 5 - - 3 - -

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Johnny

Sexton

#1127

DOB

11 July 1985

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.88m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

90kg (14st 2lbs)

POSITION

Out-half

CLUB

St Mary’s College RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

27 January 2006

HONOURS

Ireland (108 caps) and

British & Irish Lions (14 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS APP TRY PTS

8+3 - 107 2+2 - 24 6+1 - 83

Liam

Turner

#1287

DOB

14 July 1999

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.73m (5’ 8”)

WEIGHT

93kg (14st 9lbs)

POSITION

Centre

SCHOOL

Blackrock College

CLUB

Dublin University FC

LEINSTER DEBUT

23 October 2020

HONOURS

Ireland U-20 (10 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

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Dan

Sheehan

#1286

DOB

17 September 1998

FROM

Dublin

HEIGHT

1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT

110kg (17st 5lbs)

POSITION

Hooker

SCHOOL

Clongowes Wood College

CLUB

Lansdowne FC

HONOURS

Ireland (10 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

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6+10 10 50 5+3 7 35 1+7 3 15

Josh

van der Flier

#1228

DOB

25 April 1993

FROM

Wicklow

HEIGHT

1.87m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT

103kg (16st 3lbs)

POSITION

Flanker

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

11 October 2014

HONOURS

Ireland (43 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

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15+1 7 35 7+1 1 5 8 6 30

James

Tracy

#1211

DOB

2 April 1991

FROM

Kildare

HEIGHT

1.85m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT

106kg (16st 9lbs)

POSITION

Hooker

CLUB

UCD RFC

LEINSTER DEBUT

4 November 2012

HONOURS

Ireland (6 caps)

2021/22 STATISTICS

ALL GAMES URC CHAMPIONS CUP

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Leinster Rugby

roll of honour

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Heineken

Champions Cup

(4)

2009, 2011, 2012, 2018

European Rugby

Challenge Cup

(1)

2013

Celtic League/

PRO12/Guinness

PRO14

(8)

2002, 2008, 2013, 2014,

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

British & Irish

Cup/Celtic Cup

(4)

2013, 2014, 2018, 2019

Irish

Interprovincial

Rugby

Championship

(22)

1949, 1950, 1955, 1957,

1959, 1961, 1962, 1964,

1965, 1972, 1973, 1976,

1978, 1980, 1981, 1982,

1983, 1984, 1994, 1996,

1998, 2002

Women's

Interprovincial

Championship

(6)

2005, 2011, 2013, 2016,

2018, 2019

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Leinster Rugby

Statistics

Senior Squad

Additions

2022/23:

Charlie Ngatai

(Lyon)

Jason Jenkins

(Munster)

Brian Deeny

(Promoted from Academy)

Cormac Foley

(Promoted from Academy)

Joe McCarthy

(Promoted from Academy)

Martin Moloney

(Promoted from Academy)

Jamie Osborne

(Promoted from Academy)

Charlie Ryan

(Promoted from Academy)

Leinster Rugby

Departees

2022/23:

Devin Toner

(Retired)

Seán Cronin

(Retired)

Dan Leavy

(Retired)

Rory O’Loughlin

(Exeter)

Jack Dunne

(Exeter)

Adam Byrne

(Connacht)

Peter Dooley

(Connacht)

David Hawkshaw

(Connacht)

Josh Murphy

(Connacht)

Conor O’Brien

(Retired)

united rugby

championship

TOTAL POINTS:

648

TRIES scored:

89

PENALTY GOALS:

21

CONVERSIONS:

68

CLEAN BREAKS:

143

DEFENDERS BEATEN:

411

METRES GAINED:

8612

OFFLOADS:

184

TACKLES:

3022

Team

Statistics

2021/22

Heineken

Champions Cup

TOTAL POINTS:

364

TRIES scored:

47

PENALTY GOALS:

17

CONVERSIONS:

39

CLEAN BREAKS:

73

DEFENDERS BEATEN:

208

METRES GAINED:

6961

OFFLOADS:

63

TACKLES:

1240

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Player

Statistics

2021/22

united rugby

championship

TOP POINTS SCORER

Ross Byrne 125

Player

Statistics

2021/22

Heineken

Champions Cup

TOP POINTS SCORER

Johnny Sexton 83

TOP TRY SCORER

Dan Sheehan 7

TOP TRY SCORER

James Lowe 10

MOST METRES GAINED

Jimmy O’Brien 935

MOST METRES GAINED

Hugo Keenan 759

MOST CARRIES

Max Deegan 137

MOST CARRIES

Caelan Doris 79

CLEAN BREAKS

Jordan Larmour 12

CLEAN BREAKS

James Lowe 12

DEFENDERS BEATEN

Jordan Larmour 47

DEFENDERS BEATEN

Garry Ringrose 24

MOST PASSES

Luke McGrath 816

MOST PASSES

Jamison Gibson-Park 418

MOST TACKLES

Scott Penny 162

MOST TACKLES

Josh van der Flier 114

TRY ASSISTS

Ross Byrne 7

TRY ASSISTS

Johnny Sexton 7

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All-Time Leinster

Appearances:

All-Time Leinster

Point Scorers:

#1

Devin

Toner

280

#1

Johnny

Sexton

1,614

#2

GORDON

D’ARCY

257

#2

Felipe

Contepomi

1,225

#3

CIAN

HEALY

249

#3

Ian

Madigan

827

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All-Time Leinster

Try Scorers:

All-Time Leinster

Goal Kickers:

#1

Shane

Horgan

69

#1

Johnny

Sexton

714

#2

Brian

O'Driscoll

61

#2

Felipe

Contepomi

408

#3

Gordon

D'Arcy

60

#3

Ian

Madigan

268

CURRENTLY DAVE

KEARNEY IS ON

52 TRIES AND

JAMES LOWE IS

ON 47

*All statistics are

correct as of 16th

September 2022 and

are courtesy of Leinster

Rugby, SFMS Limited

and OPTA

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women’s

squad

2022/23

Rachel

Murphy

DOB: 27 May 2002

FROM: Bunclody Co. Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 73kg

POSITION: Hooker

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Enniscorthy RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Captain

of county soccer U-16.

County finals in GAA and

soccer.

CURRENT CLUB:

MU Barnhall

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Cill Dara RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 5 U-18

Caps

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 12

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Katelynn

Winners of Leinster League

Doran

Div 4, 3 and 2 consecutively

DOB: 5 January 2000 OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

FROM: Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

ACHIEVEMENTS: Two All-

Ireland boxing medals, Two

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

Leinster football medals for

WEIGHT: 70kg

Kildare and one All-Ireland

POSITION: Back row

medal for Kildare.

Alice

O’Dowd

DOB: 6 August 1998

FROM: Ferns, Co Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 90kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Old Belvedere RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 1

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Six

Nations Squad member

2022

Victoria

O’Mahony

DOB: 3 October 2000

FROM: Ontario, Canada

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 85kg

POSITION: Hooker

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Sarnia Saints, Rugby

Ontario, Ridley College

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 3

IRELAND SEVENS

CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 5

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 - 2020

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Rugby Ontario - Canadian

Rugby Champions 2016,

2017 and Ridley College

- CISAA Champions 2015,

2016, 2018

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Emily

McKeown

DOB: 12 June 1995

FROM: Naas, Co. Kildare

HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

WEIGHT: 61kg

POSITION: Wing

CURRENT CLUB:

Suttonians RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Naas RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 2

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 3

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster League Division 4

and 3 winner with Naas

RFC, AIL Conference

winner with Suttonians RFC

Ella

Roberts

DOB: 27 May 2001

FROM: Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 72kg

POSITION: Full-back/Wing

CURRENT CLUB:

Wicklow RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 3

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 3

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

Beth

Roberts

DOB: 25 September 2002

FROM: Wicklow Town Co. Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 2”

WEIGHT: 62kg

POSITION: Half-back

CURRENT CLUB:

Wicklow RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

U-18 cup champions 2018

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: SSI tier

1 cup champions 2022

with DCU (college rugby)

Ali

Coleman

DOB: 19 July 1996

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 82kg

POSITION: Second row/back row

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 4

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2 - 2016 and

2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL Plate winners 2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Current

member of Irish women’s

rugby league team. AFL

Ireland Euro Cup and

European Championship

winner 2019.

Shóna

Byrne

DOB: 14 August 1989

FROM: Clondalkin, Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

WEIGHT: 65kg

POSITION: Out-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Clondalkin RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): Naas

RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster Cup Champions

2010/11 and 2013/14

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Two-time

captain in Clondalkin RFC,

two-time player of the year

Chloe

Blackmore

DOB: 15 July 1997

FROM: Piltown, Co Kilkenny

HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

WEIGHT: 86kg

POSITION: Hooker

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Carrick-on-Suir, St Mary’s

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: Four

senior and two U-18

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 6

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2, 2018 and

2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Three AIL Championships

with Railway Union and

Two All-Ireland Cups

OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: All-Ireland

Intermediate Championship

with Piltown Camogie

Club, Minor All-Ireland

Championship with Kilkenny

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Ciara

Faulkner

DOB: 24 May 2001

FROM: Mullingar Co. Westmeath

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 64kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

MU Barnhall RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Mullingar RFC, Tullamore RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 6

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster U-18 Division 1

Champions 2018, 2019

(w/tullamore)

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Senior

Westmeath Ladies Football

team

Christy

Haney

DOB: 2 February 1994

FROM: Taylorstown, Virginia, USA

HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

WEIGHT: 90kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

St Mary’s College RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 5

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 9

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

Emma

Tilly

DOB: 6 June 2003

From: Maynooth, Co Kildare

Height: 5’ 6”

Weight: 61kg

Position: Back Three

CURRENT CLUB:

MU Barnhall RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 1

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 3

Emma

Hooban

DOB: 3 December 1997

FROM: Portlaoise, Co Laois

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 79kg

POSITION: Hooker

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

St Mary’s College and

Portlaoise

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 14

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 3

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 in 2018

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 6

OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Interpros

underage 2016, Div 1 Leinster

league (w/St Mary’s) All-Ireland

College League 2020 and 2021

– DCU, DCU Scholar of the

Year – 2019, All-Ireland Minor

Football winners 2013, third

place Senior All-Ireland Schools

Golf Championships 2014

Aoife

Dalton

DOB: 3 May 2003

FROM: Clara, Co Offaly

HEIGHT: 5’ 2”

WEIGHT: 65kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Tullamore RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 2

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 4

Molly

Scuffil-McCabe

DOB: 15 March 1998

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

WEIGHT: 62kg

POSITION: Scrum-half/Full-back

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Westmanstown/

Garda RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 4

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 1

U-18

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 8

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 in 2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 6

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL 2018 and 2022

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Katie

Layde

DOB: 4 June 1990

FROM: Mullingar, Co Westmeath

HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

WEIGHT: 87kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Mullingar RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Junior

Camogie All-Ireland

Gemma

Faulkner

DOB: 12 June 2003

FROM: Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Height: 5’ 7”

Weight: 57kg

Position: Back Three/Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Mullingar RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Club

Player of the Year

Lisa

Callan

DOB: 28 July 1996

FROM: Templeogue, Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 85kg

POSITION: Hooker

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 6

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 - 2019

Leinster youth caps: 1

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL league and cup

Abbie

Gibney

DOB: 24 June 2003

FROM: Gorey, Co Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

WEIGHT: 54kg

POSITION: Back row/Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Gorey RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

South-East Cup 2018

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Captain

of underage team from

U-15 to U-18 and 2019

player of the year

Niamh

Byrne

DOB: 26 December 1995

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 67kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

DUFC (Trinity)

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 1

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 1

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 7

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 - 2016

Leinster youth caps: 6

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Captained Railway to two

All-Ireland League victories

(2019 and 2022) as well

as the AIL Cup in 2022.

Club Captain for 21/22 and

22/23 seasons

OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Was part

of the Scion team that won US

National Club Sevens in 2016

Emma

Kelly

DOB: 4 June 2001

FROM: Rosemount, Westmeath

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 75kg

Position: Out-half/Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Tullamore RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster U-18 Premier cup

2017 and 2019, Midlands

Cup 2022, Paul Cusack

Shield 2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Played

inter-county at senior level

for Westmeath for five years

winning an intermediate

All-Ireland in 2021.

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Hannah

O’Connor

DOB: 28 April 1990

FROM: Loughrea, Co Galway

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 82kg

POSITION: Back row

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): CYM

RFC Terenure

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 15

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 8

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2 (2018,

2019)

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: U-18

golf for Connacht.

Leanne

Keegan

DOB: 30 August 1995

FROM: Longford

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 70kg

POSITION: Back three

CURRENT CLUB:

Longford RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Paul Cusack Shield 2021

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Two

All-Ireland Gaelic football

medals, three Leinster

Gaelic football medals

Leah

Tarpey

DOB: 25 August 2003

FROM: Tullamore, Co Offaly

HEIGHT: 5’ 10”

WEIGHT: 83kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Tullamore RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): none

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 2

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Leinster

U-18 squad member 2021,

Interpro winners with

Leinster U-18s 2021, All-

Ireland B runners up U-16

with Laois (LGFA), Division

3 League champions with

Laois Senior Football Team

2021, Senior Champions

with Sarsfields (football

club) three years in a row.

Jenny

Murphy

DOB: 30 May 1989

FROM: Brannockstown, Co Kildare

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 82kg

POSITION: Centre/Back Row

CURRENT CLUB: Old

Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 31

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 12

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 20

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 4

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL - 2013, 2014,

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Barbarian. All-Ireland

Intermediate Club winner

2012 - Parnell’s. Premier

Soccer with Peamount Utd

Ailsa

Hughes

DOB: 18 August 1991

FROM: Tullamore, Co Offaly

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 68kg

POSITION: Scrum-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Tullamore RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 16

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 12

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: Three times

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL Champions 19/20

and 21/22. All-Ireland

Cup Champions twice.

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

All-Ireland Minor and

Intermediate Champions

with Offaly. Played Senior

Camogie with Offaly.

Jennie

Finlay

DOB: 17 October 1988

FROM: Navan, Co Meath

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 73kg

POSITION: Back row

CURRENT CLUB: Old

Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Navan RFC, Railway

Union

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 1

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 15

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 3 - 2013,

2017 and 2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

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Emma

Murphy

DOB: 27 April 1995

FROM: Rathfarnham, Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 72kg

POSITION: Back row

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 7

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 3

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL championship 2019

and 2022

Lisa

Mullen

DOB: 1 July 2000

FROM: Oldcastle, Co Meath

HEIGHT: 5’ 1”

WEIGHT: 70kg

POSITION: Out-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Virginia RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Ulster

U-18 Interpro title 2016

Eimear

Corri

DOB: 9 April 1998

FROM: Portlaoise, Co Laois

HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

WEIGHT: 80kg

POSITION: Second Row

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Portlaoise RFC, DCU RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 5

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 3

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2 2016/17

and 2017/18

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS:

16

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL Cup Plate Champions

2021/2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster U-18 Captain (2016).

All-Ireland Intervarsity Cup

and League Champions, Kay

Bowen Champions (2017-

2019)

Lesley

Ring

DOB: 18 March 1993

FROM: Sligo

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 70kg

POSITION: Back row

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

UCD RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Connacht Schools Hockey

Caps, Connacht Schools

Tennis Cup Winner

Elise

O’Byrne-White

DOB: 14 October 1990

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 74kg

POSITION: Centre/Wing

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Trinity DUFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 3

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 20

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2 - 2018,

2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Three WAIL champion titles

with Old Belvedere

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Ad Astra

scholarship in UCD, played

on the Irish Mixed Touch

Team at the European

Championships 2022

Erin

McConnell

DOB: 25 January 2000

FROM: Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 67kg

POSITION: Scrum-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Wicklow RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

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Aoife

McDermott

DOB: 4 January 1991

FROM: Sligo

HEIGHT: 6’ 2”

WEIGHT: 83kg

POSITION: Second Row

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 19

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 9

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL 2019 and 2021

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Former

international basketball

player

Dannah

O’Brien

DOB: 22 September 2003

FROM: Tullow, County Carlow

HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

WEIGHT: 71kg

POSITION: Out-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Tullow RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 2

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 3

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster Cup Champions

2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: U-18

Interpro Champions 2021

Natasja

Behan

DOB: 18 February 2000

FROM: Gorey, Co Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 71kg

POSITION: Back three

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Gorey RFC, Wicklow RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 2

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 3

Clodagh

Dunne

DOB: 21 March 1995

FROM: Gorey, Co Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 11”

WEIGHT: 85

POSITION: Second row

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Gorey RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 6

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 - 2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Rugby League Ireland

international. Captained

Ireland in the European

Championship.

Michelle

Claffey

DOB: 14 November 1987

FROM: Doon, Co Offaly

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 73kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 14

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 24

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 5 - 2011,

2013, 2016, 2018, 2019

Leinster youth caps: None

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

AIL Plate Champions

2017/2018

OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Blackrock College

Captain 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022;

Leinster Vice-captain 2021, 2019,

2018; Ireland Touch Europeans 2018

Mixed Seniors Gold; Westmeath

Sports Star of the Year 2018; Senior

Mixed Gold; Leinster Players Player

of the Year 2021; Blackrock College

Player of the Year 2021

Ciara

Carbery

DOB: 2 March 2000

FROM: Athy, Co Kildare

HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

WEIGHT: 64kg

POSITION: Scrum-half

CURRENT CLUB:

MU Barnhall RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): Cill

Dara RFC, Carlow RFC,

Athy RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

2020 and 2021 Paul

Cusack Cup, Div 2 winners

2020/21

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Casey

O’ Brien

DOB: 26 June 1999

FROM: Stratford On Slaney, Co Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

WEIGHT: 80kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): Naas

RFC, St Mary’s College

RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: None

Leinster youth caps: 6

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leinster Div 1 2018. AIL

Plate 2022

Katie

O’Dwyer

DOB: 27 June 1991

FROM: Athenry, Galway

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 86kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 12

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 8

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2 -

2018/2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

Two-time AIL winner - 2020

and 2022

Eleanor

Furlong

DOB: 28 September 2002

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

WEIGHT: 68kg

POSITION: Out-half

CURRENT CLUB: DUFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Carlow RFC, Seapoint

RFC, Railway RFC,

Greystones RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

2018 U-18 Leinster league

Winners (Greystones), Div

1 promotion (Trinity)

OTHER NOTABLE SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: 15 caps

for Ireland Touch U-18 Girls.

MVP in 2018 and 2019 for the

European youth championships.

Highest Irish points scorer in

both competitions. Part of the

Leinster U-18 Sevens panel.

Molly

Boyne

DOB: 6 May 1997

FROM: Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 70kg

POSITION: Back row

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): DUFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL Champions 2021,

WAIL Cup Champions

2021, Leinster League Div

1 Champions 2020 and

2021

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Leinster

Extended Squad 2021;

DUFC Women’s Captain

and Player of the Year

2017/18

Aine

Donnelly

DOB: 11 April 1987

FROM: Kildare

HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

WEIGHT: 72kg

POSITION: Out-half

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Cill Dara RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 5

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 15

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL 2015

Sene

Naoupu

DOB: 2 February 1984

FROM: Oamaru, New Zealand

HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

WEIGHT: 71kg

POSITION: Centre/Out-half

CLUB: Old Belvedere RFC

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Barbarians Representation

Ireland 15’s (48 caps)

Connacht Rugby (3 caps)

Interprovincial

Championship Winner:

2018 & 2019

SIx Nations Championship:

2015

BNY Mellon Players’

Player of the Year 2016

Guinness Rugby Writers

Player of the Year 2016

English Premiership Cup

and League Champions

with Harlequins Women’s

Rugby 2016/2017

AIL Cup Champions,

Galwegians Women’s

Rugby 2014, 2016

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Clare

Gorman

DOB: 23 June2001

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’10”

WEIGHT: 74Kg

POSITION: Wing

CURRENT CLUB:

Old Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Irish

sailing team

Nikki

Gibson

DOB: 11 July 2000

FROM: Ratoath, Co. Meath

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 80Kg

POSITION: Centre

CURRENT CLUB: DCU RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Ratoath RFC,

Ashbourne RFC, Garda

Westmanstown

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: None

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 5

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: DKIT

rugby all-star in 2017

Caoimhe

Guinan

DOB: 5 October 2003

FROM: Laois

HEIGHT: 6’ 1“

WEIGHT: 84Kg

POSITION: Second Row

CURRENT CLUB:

Tullamore RFC, Old

Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S): None

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 1

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Leinster

u18s squad, won the

college all Ireland final

with dcu 2022

Amanda

McQuade

DOB: 13 April 2001

FROM: Virginia, Co Cavan

HEIGHT: 5’ 4 “

WEIGHT: 79Kg

POSITION: Prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Railway Union

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Virginia RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS:

IRELAND 7S CAPS: U18

7s Cap

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

WAIL Champion

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Women’s 6 Nations Squad

2022

Anna

Doyle

DOB: 5 January 2000

FROM: Tullow, Co. Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

WEIGHT: 64kg

POSITION: Back 3

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Tullow RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 6

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 2

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1 in 2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 8

Aoife

Wafer

DOB: 25 March 2003

FROM: Gorey, Co. Wexford

HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

WEIGHT: 80kg

POSITION: Backrow

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College RFC

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Gorey RFC, Enniscorthy RFC

Ireland Snr Caps: 1

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 8

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Underage county Wexford

Gaelic football and

camogie player

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Elaine

Anthony

DOB: 30 August 1991

FROM: Cobh - Cork

HEIGHT: 6’ 1”

WEIGHT: 83kg

POSITION: Second Row

CURRENT CLUB: Old

Belvedere

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Highfield RFC, Waterford

City RFC

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 9

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 6

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 2

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

Judy

Bobbett

DOB: 1 January 2000

FROM: Ashbourne Meath

HEIGHT: 5’11”

WEIGHT: 80kg

POSITION: Second row

CURRENT CLUB:

Blackrock College

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Ashbourne

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 3

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 5

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 1, 2019

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 6

Club achievements: AIL

plate 2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: U22

All Ireland heavyweight

boxing champion 2022

Clara

Sexton

DOB: 30 December 2000

FROM: Kildare

HEIGHT: 5’ 3”

WEIGHT: 60kg

POSITION: Back 3

CURRENT CLUB:

Athy / Suttonians

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Vikings (Canberra,

Australia)

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS: Played

touch for Ireland and

competed in the 2022

Euros

Mary

Healy

DOB: 7 August 1997

FROM: Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

HEIGHT: 5’ 5’’

WEIGHT: 95kgs

POSITION: Tight head prop

CURRENT CLUB:

Naas/Suttionians

PREVIOUS CLUB(S):

Lindenwood University

(USA), Naas

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 2

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS:

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

2X National D1 Elite

American Championships

with Lindenwood

University, AIL Conference

2021 with Suttionians,

Leinster League Div 3

League and Cup winners

2021, U18s Leinster

7s and 15s Interpro

Champions 2015

Jess

Keating

DOB: 19 April 2000

FROM: Dublin

HEIGHT: 5’6”

WEIGHT: 78kg

POSITION: Hooker/Back Row

CURRENT CLUB:

Life University (USA) /

Old Belvedere

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 1

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS:

15

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

USA National Champions

2022 - USA 15’s

Collegiate Runners Up

2019,2020,2021,2022

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

USA All American

2020,2021,2022

USA U23 2022

Life University Captain

2020,2021,2022

U18 Interpro winners

2018,2019

Dublin Ladies Minor All

Ireland 2018

Carrie

O’Keeffe

DOB: 1 January 1998

FROM: Waterford

HEIGHT: 5’5’’

WEIGHT: 68Kgs

POSITION: Back Row

CURRENT CLUB:

Suttonians

IRELAND SNR CAPS: 0

IRELAND 7S CAPS: 0

LEINSTER SNR CAPS: 0

INTERPRO

CHAMPIONSHIPS

WINNERS: 0

LEINSTER YOUTH CAPS: 0

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS:

W.A.I.L conference

champions 2022 -

Suttonians

OTHER NOTABLE

SPORTING

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Suttonians coaches

player of the year 2022,

Suttonians players’ player

of the year 2022, All

Ireland Champions with

Waterford LGFA

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Leinster Rugby

Women’s Coaching

Team

Following

Jonathan

Geoghegan

Team Manager

Jonathan had the pleasure of

playing for MU Barnhall RFC from

underage right through to senior

level before having to hang up his

boots due to injury.

Still wanting to remain involved in rugby,

Jonathan took up the whistle and was a

member of the Association of Referees

Leinster Branch (ARLB) and refereed at

all levels of junior and schools rugby

throughout the province. He was also part

of the IRFU Development panel.

the announcement late last year that Tania Rosser

would be taking over as the new head coach of the Leinster Rugby

women’s team, she has now confirmed the backroom staff that will

be helping her guide the squad through the Interprovincial Series

which is scheduled for early in 2023.

The new window for the Series will see the squads get some competitive game time

at provincial level ahead of the start of the Six Nations, also allowing players to put

themselves in the shop window for Greg McWilliams’ Ireland team.

He brings a wealth of knowledge to

the management set up having worked

with some of the top tier international

teams as an IRFU liaison officer during

the November series. Jonathan has

worked with teams such as New Zealand,

Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Samoa,

and Georgia to name a few.

Jonathan has also

previously worked

with head coach

Tania Rosser

during his time as

the Tour Manager

for the Ireland

Touch Association

during the Touch

World Cup in

Malaysia in 2019.

This is Jonathan’s

first season with

the Leinster

Women’s senior squad and he has

enjoyed the process so far, since the

first player screenings which took place

in early January through to the summer

training program.

Maz Reilly

Lineout Coach

Maz Reilly is a well-known

name and face when it comes

to Irish rugby. Throughout

her glittering career in club,

provincial and international

rugby, she has represented

her country 54 times. During

her time with the Irish national

team she was part of the Grand

Slam-winning team in 2013

and had further success when

winning the Six Nations in

2015.

Maz has been involved in three World

Cup campaigns, England in 2010,

France in 2014 (as vice-captain) and

again in Ireland in 2017. During the

2014 campaign, Maz was selected as

part of the World Cup Dream Team.

During her international career, Maz

was also selected as part of the

Nomads tour of South Africa in 2012. A

few years later in 2017, Maz was invited

to represent the first women’s Barbarians

team and was called up again for the

2018 tour of the UK.

Maz has also won silverware at

interprovincial and club level, wining

three interpros with Leinster in 2011,

2013 (as captain) and 2016, along with

three AIL titles with Old Belvedere RFC.

After retiring from competitive rugby,

Maz took up coaching with her club

Old Belvedere RFC Women's Squad

between 2017-2020. In 2021, Maz

coached Kerry RFC, while also coaching

Wesley College junior and senior

squads. Maz continued to be part of the

Leinster Women’s Team fulfilling the role

of assistant manager from 2018-2021,

as well as a coaching role from 2019

onwards.

Maz also has honours in other sports,

representing the Republic of Ireland in

football and Meath in Gaelic football.

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John

Fairley

Breakdown and

Restarts Coach

John is a native of New

Zealand and attended Hastings

Boys High School and played

as a second row before moving

to Havelock North Rugby Club

to play his senior rugby.

John moved to Ireland in 2006 and

his current occupation is Operations

Manager at Dublin Port Company.

John’s first coaching appointment

in Ireland came in 2007 where he

coached at Willow Park School in

Blackrock until 2011. From 2011 to

2013, John was then appointed as

Head Coach for Blackrock College

RFC’s U-21s. For the 2013/14 season,

John became the JCT Forwards

Coach for St Andrew’s College

winning the Father Godfrey Cup.

In 2014 through to 2020 John

joined Blackrock College as the JCT

Forwards Coach where he continued

his winning ways adding four Leinster

Schools Cups and two runners up

medals to his list.

This is John’s first year with the Leinster

Women’s squad and he is looking

forward to his role of breakdown and

restarts coach.

Eoin

Reynolds

Performance

Analyst

Eoin has always had an interest

in how a game is won and

lost, regardless of the sport.

Growing up he mainly played

hurling and took part in

athletics. Having played a small

amount of rugby he enjoyed

watching rugby matches more

than playing.

He enjoyed watching old Tri Nations

matches including late 1990 to early

2000 games and analysing what

players were trying to achieve on the

pitch and how this could lead to line

breaks and scoring opportunities.

Having completed a degree in Sports

Management and Coaching in TU

Greg Hawe

Physiotherapist

Greg grew up playing rugby

in Wesley College and Old

Wesley RFC. He studied Health

and Performance Science in

UCD before graduating as a

physiotherapist from the Royal

College of Surgeons.

Greg returned to Ireland last

September having lived and worked

in Singapore for four years. During his

time in Singapore he worked in private

practice and with a professional

football team.

Greg is currently completing his

Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at the

University of Bath.

Dublin, Eoin believes that as rugby

is so data rich, it is an ideal sport for

performance analysis as one metric in

any area could tip the scales in a team’s

favour.

While this is Eoin’s first season with the

Leinster Women’s team he also has

experience working with the Leinster U-18

girls and both the men’s and women’s

international sevens teams.

Although this is his first season with the

Leinster Women’s team, Greg has been

involved with the Leinster Sub-Academy

and Wesley College since September.

Greg is looking forward to seeing the

players’ progression throughout the build

up to the interpros season in January and

February next year.

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The Home of Leinster Women

and Leinster 'A'

Energia Park

[ Opened: 1964 | Capacity: 6,000 ]

Energia Park (formerly

Donnybrook Stadium) is the

current home of the Leinster

Women’s team and the Leinster

Rugby ‘A’ team. It is also the

former home stadium of the

Leinster senior team who played

there until 2007/08.

It still hosts pre-season friendly games

for the senior team and, last August,

hosted a historic first ever double header

featuring both the Men’s and Women’s

teams when Leo Cullen’s side welcomed

Coventry in a pre-season friendly before

the Women’s team kicked off their

defence of the Interprovincial series title.

The stadium, also home to Bective

Rangers and Old Wesley, has undergone

a number of upgrades over the last 12

years.

In February 2008, a grandstand was

completed on the Donnybrook side of

the ground while, six years later, a new

state of the art 3G pitch was unveiled

by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, TD,

following a joint venture between Leinster

Rugby and the Department of Sport.

A further boost came in March 2018

when Energia announced that it

would take over the naming rights to

Donnybrook Stadium in a landmark deal

which would span 10 years and provide

significant investment to the game at all

levels within Leinster Rugby.

Further improvements came during the

summer months of 2019 when the 3G

pitch was re-laid and also the Ken Wall

Centre of Excellence was opened to

cater for the sub-Academy players based

there under the watchful eye of Lead sub-

Academy Athletic Performance Coach,

Dave Fagan.

Leinster Rugby hopes that the Ken Wall

Centre of Excellence will be the first of

five such centres, one based in each of

the five areas of Leinster.

Energia Park hosts the Bank of Ireland

Leinster Rugby Schools Junior and Senior

Cup matches up to and including the final

at junior level and the semi-finals at senior

level. In 2019, it also hosted the final of

the Women’s Interprovincial series which

Leinster won, beating Connacht 25-12

in the final while also becoming home to

the Ireland Women’s team’s Six Nations

matches in recent years.

In November 2019, the Stadium hosted

two Hockey Olympic qualifiers which

saw the Ireland Women’s team take

on Canada in back-to-back games,

eventually qualifying after a sudden

death shootout victory. The first leg of the

qualifier saw a record attendance for an

Irish international women’s sporting event

with 6,086 in attendance with that figure

broken for the second leg a day later

when 6,137 witnessed the Irish victory.

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Leinster

Rugby

Academy

Year

Three:

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Marcus Hanan (3) #1295

DOB 3 July 2000

FROM Clane, Co Kildare

HEIGHT 1.85m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT 112kg (17st 9 lbs)

POSITION Loosehead prop

SCHOOL Salesian College, Celbridge

CLUB Clane RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (2 caps)

John McKee (3) #1307

DOB 15 February 2000

FROM Belfast

HEIGHT 1.85m ( 6’ 0”)

WEIGHT 108kg (17st 0lbs)

POSITION Hooker

SCHOOL Campbell College

CLUB Terenure College RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (10 caps)

Seán O’Brien (3) #1297

DOB 31 July 2000

FROM Pittsburgh, PA, USA

HEIGHT 1.91m ( 6 ’ 3”)

WEIGHT 106kg ( 16st 10lbs)

POSITION Back Row

SCHOOL Blackrock College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

Max O’Reilly (9) #1291

DOB 26 February 2000

FROM Long Island, USA

HEIGHT 1.86m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT 90kg (14st 2lbs)

POSITION Full-back

SCHOOL St Gerard’s School

CLUB DUFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

Andrew Smith (2) #1292

DOB 21 July 2000

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.8 m (5’ 11”)

WEIGHT 93kg (14st 9lbs)

POSITION Back Three

SCHOOL St Michael’s College

CLUB Clontarf FC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

Leinster

Rugby

Academy

Year

Two:

Alex Soroka (5) #1296

DOB 19 February 2001

FROM Cork

HEIGHT 1.95m (6’ 5”)

WEIGHT 107kg (16st 12lbs)

POSITION Back Row

SCHOOL Belvedere College

CLUB Clontarf FC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (8 caps)

Jack Boyle

DOB 10 March 2002

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.86m (6’ 1”)

WEIGHT 108kg (17st 0lbs)

POSITION Loosehead prop

SCHOOL St Michael’s College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (9 caps)

Lee Barron (2) #1308

DOB 15 February 2001

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.93m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT 107kg (16st 12 lbs)

POSITION Hooker

SCHOOL St Michael’s College

CLUB DUFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (2 caps)

Chris Cosgrave (2) #1305

DOB 24 July 2001

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.85m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT 86kg (13st 7lbs)

POSITION Back Three

SCHOOL St Michael’s College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

Temi Lasisi (1) #1304

DOB 9 May 2001

FROM Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

HEIGHT 1.83m (6’ 0 “)

WEIGHT 116.5kg (18st 5lbs)

POSITION Tighthead prop

SCHOOL CBS Enniscorthy

CLUB Lansdowne FC/Enniscorthy RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

(3) = Leinster Rugby Senior caps


Ben Murphy (1) #1309

DOB 23 April 2001

FROM Bray

HEIGHT 1.76m (5’ 8”)

WEIGHT 80kg (12st 8lbs)

POSITION Scrum-half

SCHOOL Presentation College, Bray

CLUB Clontarf FC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

Leinster

Rugby

Academy

Year

One:

Rob Russell (5) #1302

DOB 13 January 1999

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.83m (6’ 0”)

WEIGHT 91kg (14st 5lbs)

POSITION Back Three

SCHOOL St Michael’s College

CLUB DUFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

Ben Brownlee

DOB 28 September 2002

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.87m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT 100kg (15st 11lbs)

POSITION Centre

SCHOOL Blackrock College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (3 caps)

James Culhane

Stats correct as of September 16, 2022

DOB 22 October 2002

FROM Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

HEIGHT 1.94m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT 110kg (17st 5lbs)

POSITION Back Row

SCHOOL Blackrock College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

Aitzol Arenzana-King

DOB 15 June 2002

FROM Gormanston, Co Meath

HEIGHT 1.91m (6’ 3”)

WEIGHT 97.5kg (15st 5lbs)

POSITION Back Three

SCHOOL Gormanston College/CUS

CLUB Clontarf FC/Balbriggan RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (8 caps)

Diarmuid Mangan

DOB 6 March 2003

FROM Kildare

HEIGHT 1.93 m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT 106kg (16st 10lbs)

POSITION Back Row

SCHOOL Newbridge College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (6 caps)

Rory McGuire

DOB 26 August 2002

FROM Dublin

HEIGHT 1.93m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT 118kg (18st 8lbs)

POSITION Tightead prop

SCHOOL Blackrock College

CLUB UCD RFC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

Sam Prendergast

DOB 12 February 2003

FROM Kildare

HEIGHT 1.94m (6’ 4”)

WEIGHT 91kg (14st 5lbs)

POSITION Out-half

SCHOOL Newbridge College

CLUB Lansdowne FC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (4 caps)

Charlie Tector

DOB 28 March 2002

FROM Wexford

HEIGHT 1.89 m (6’ 2”)

WEIGHT 94kg (14st 11lbs)

POSITION Out-half

SCHOOL Kilkenny College

CLUB Lansdowne FC

HONOURS Ireland U-20 (5 caps)

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