Big List Of Irish Rugby Player Names

Here are the names of Irish rugby players who played for Ireland over a period of 25 years since the sport went professional.

The International Rugby Board agreed to allow professional rugby in August 1995. But the Irish authorities dragged their heels reluctantly to enter the new era.

This is why I’ve set the start of this list to a year later in 1996.

Irish Rugby Player Names In the Professional Era

The list of Irish rugby player names starts with the last player to get his first cap in 2021.

When you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see players who made their test debut in 1984, 1987, and 1988. These players started their rugby careers in the amateur days and were still playing when the game went pro.

I’ve listed one club or province for each player. This doesn’t represent the fact that many players moved between clubs and represented two or more during their careers. I’ve picked the one that I most associate with that player.

Related articles

If you’re interested in the impact of professionalism, check out our article on what rugby players earn in Ireland.

If you’re curious about which of these players also toured with the British & Irish Lions, check out our article on Irish Lions players.

First Capped For Ireland Between 2017-2021

First NameLast NameMain Club/ProvinceCapsFirst Cap
DanSheehanLeinster16 Nov 2021
RobertBaloucouneUlster110 Jul 2021
CaolinBladeConnacht110 Jul 2021
PaulBoyleConnacht110 Jul 2021
HarryByrneLeinster110 Jul 2021
JamesHumeUlster110 Jul 2021
TomO’TooleUlster110 Jul 2021
NickTimoneyMunster110 Jul 2021
FineenWycherleyMunster110 Jul 2021
GavinCoombesMunster203 Jul 2021
RyanBairdLeinster427 Feb 2021
CraigCaseyMunster327 Feb 2021
EricO’SullivanUlster105 Dec 2020
ShaneDalyMunster229 Nov 2020
BillyBurnsUlster713 Nov 2020
JamesLoweLeinster713 Nov 2020
EdByrneLeinster624 Oct 2020
WillConnorsLeinster924 Oct 2020
HugoKeenanLeinster1424 Oct 2020
JamisonParkLeinster1124 Oct 2020
MaxDeeganLeinster108 Feb 2020
CaelanDorisLeinster1001 Feb 2020
RónanKelleherLeinster1401 Feb 2020
MikeHaleyMunster110 Aug 2019
JeanKleynMunster510 Aug 2019
JackCartyConnacht1024 Feb 2019
SammyArnoldUlster124 Nov 2018
WillAddisonUlster503 Nov 2018
RossByrneLeinster1303 Nov 2018
TadhgBeirneMunster2316 Jun 2018
JordanLarmourLeinster3010 Feb 2018
AdamByrneLeinster125 Nov 2017
ChrisFarrellMunster1518 Nov 2017
BundeeAkiConnacht3211 Nov 2017
DarrenSweetnamMunster311 Nov 2017
JohnCooneyConnacht1124 Jun 2017
RoryO’LoughlinLeinster117 Jun 2017
KieranTreadwellUlster317 Jun 2017
DaveHeffernanConnacht610 Jun 2017
AndrewPorterLeinster3810 Jun 2017
JamesRyanLeinster3810 Jun 2017
RoryScannellMunster310 Jun 2017
JacobStockdaleUlster3510 Jun 2017
AndrewConwayMunster2618 Mar 2017
NiallScannellMunster2011 Feb 2017

First Capped For Ireland Between 2012-2016

First NameLast NameMain Club/ProvinceCapsFirst Cap
NiyiAdeolokunConnacht112 Nov 2016
BillyHollandMunster112 Nov 2016
DanLeavyLeinster1112 Nov 2016
LukeMcGrathLeinster1912 Nov 2016
JackO’DonoghueMunster212 Nov 2016
GarryRingroseLeinster3512 Nov 2016
JohnRyanMunster2412 Nov 2016
JamesTracyLeinster612 Nov 2016
JoeyCarberyMunster2505 Nov 2016
MattHealyConnacht125 Jun 2016
TiernanO’HalloranConnacht618 Jun 2016
SeanReidyUlster218 Jun 2016
QuinnRouxConnacht1618 Jun 2016
FinlayBealhamConnacht1712 Mar 2016
UltanDillaneConnacht1927 Feb 2016
JoshFlierLeinster3327 Feb 2016
StuartMcCloskeyUlster627 Feb 2016
CJStanderMunster5007 Feb 2016
TadhgFurlongLeinster5029 Aug 2015
JackConanLeinster2115 Aug 2015
NathanWhiteConnacht1315 Aug 2015
RobinCopelandUlster116 Nov 2014
DaveFoleyMunster216 Nov 2014
DominicRyanLeinster116 Nov 2014
JaredPayneUlster2008 Nov 2014
JamesCroninMunster313 Jun 2014
RobHerringUlster2213 Jun 2014
NoelReidLeinster113 Jun 2014
RobbieDiackUlster207 Jun 2014
KieranMarmionConnacht2807 Jun 2014
RodneyYouUlster307 Jun 2014
JordiMurphyLeinster3022 Feb 2014
MartinMooreLeinster1002 Feb 2014
DaveKearneyLeinster1909 Nov 2013
JackMcGrathLeinster5609 Nov 2013
JamesDowneyMunster115 Jun 2013
JamieHaganConnacht108 Jun 2013
RobbieHenshawLeinster5208 Jun 2013
TommyO’DonnellMunster1308 Jun 2013
StuartOldingUlster408 Jun 2013
MikeSherryMunster108 Jun 2013
StephenArcherMunster216 Mar 2013
PaulMarshallUlster316 Mar 2013
IanMadiganLeinster3009 Mar 2013
PaddyJacksonUlster2524 Feb 2013
LukeMarshallUlster1124 Feb 2013
CraigGilroyUlster1024 Nov 2012
MichaelBentLeinster410 Nov 2012
IainHendersonUlster6410 Nov 2012
DaveKilcoyneMunster4510 Nov 2012
RichardtStraussLeinster1710 Nov 2012
DeclanFitzpatrickUlster709 Jun 2012
RonanLoughneyConnacht109 Jun 2012
SimonZeboMunster3509 Jun 2012
PeterO’MahonyMunster7725 Feb 2012

First Capped For Ireland Between 2007 And 2011

First NameLast NameMain Club/ProvinceCapsFirst Cap
ConorMurrayMunster9014 Aug 2011
FelixJonesMunster1306 Aug 2011
MikeMcCarthyLeinster1906 Aug 2011
FergusMcFaddenLeinster3405 Feb 2011
DevinTonerLeinster7013 Nov 2010
ChrisHenryUlster2426 Jun 2010
RhysRuddockLeinster2726 Jun 2010
DamienVarleyMunster326 Jun 2010
JohnFogartyLeinster112 Jun 2010
DanTuohyUlster1112 Jun 2010
KevinMcLaughlinLeinster806 Feb 2010
SeánCroninLeinster7221 Nov 2009
SeánO’BrienLeinster5621 Nov 2009
JonathanSextonLeinster10021 Nov 2009
CianHealyLeinster11015 Nov 2009
DenisHurleyMunster131 May 2009
RyanCaldwellUlster223 May 2009
DarrenCaveUlster1123 May 2009
IanDowlingMunster223 May 2009
IanKeatleyMunster723 May 2009
JohnMuldoonConnacht323 May 2009
NiallRonanMunster423 May 2009
MikeRossLeinster6123 May 2009
IanWhittenUlster223 May 2009
TomCourtUlster3215 Feb 2009
DonnachaRyanMunster4722 Nov 2008
KeithEarlsMunster9408 Nov 2008
ShaneJenningsLeinster1302 Jun 2007
RobKearneyLeinster9502 Jun 2007
BarryMurphyMunster402 Jun 2007
TonyBuckleyMunster2526 May 2007
BrianCarneyMunster426 May 2007
TomásO’LearyMunster2426 May 2007

First Capped For Ireland Between 2002 And 2006

First NameLast NameMain Club/ProvinceCapsFirst Cap
StephenFerrisUlster3526 Nov 2006
LukeFitzgeraldLeinster3426 Nov 2006
JamieHeaslipLeinster9526 Nov 2006
PaddyWallaceUlster3011 Nov 2006
IsaacBossUlster2217 Jun 2006
BryanYoungUlster817 Jun 2006
EoinReddanLeinster7111 Feb 2006
JerryFlanneryMunster4126 Nov 2005
AndrewTrimbleUlster7019 Nov 2005
NeilBestUlster1812 Nov 2005
RoryBestUlster12312 Nov 2005
KieranLewisMunster319 Jun 2005
KieranCampbellUlster312 Jun 2005
TrevorHoganLeinster1412 Jun 2005
BernardJackmanLeinster912 Jun 2005
MattMcCulloughUlster412 Jun 2005
DavidQuinlanLeinster212 Jun 2005
RogerWilsonUlster112 Jun 2005
TommyBoweUlster6920 Nov 2004
DenisLeamyMunster5720 Nov 2004
JohnnyO’ConnorConnacht1213 Nov 2004
GavinDuffyConnacht1019 Jun 2004
AnthonyHorganMunster720 Jun 2003
AidanMcCullenLeinster120 Jun 2003
PaulShieldsUlster220 Jun 2003
SimonBestUlster2314 Jun 2003
MarkMcHughUlster114 Jun 2003
DonnchaO’CallaghanMunster9422 Mar 2003
LeoCullenLeinster3222 Jun 2002
JohnKellyMunster1723 Mar 2002
KeithGleesonLeinster2703 Feb 2002
PaulO’ConnellMunster10803 Feb 2002

Capped From August 1996 To 2001

JeremyStauntonMunster511 Nov 2001
ShaneByrneLeinster4102 Jun 2001
MickO’DriscollMunster2302 Jun 2001
EmmetByrneLeinster803 Feb 2001
TyroneHoweUlster1411 Nov 2000
GaryLongwellUlster2611 Nov 2000
GuyEasterbyLeinster2810 Jun 2000
MarcusHoranMunster6710 Jun 2000
GeordanMurphyLondon Irish7210 Jun 2000
FrankieSheahanMunster2910 Jun 2000
DavidWallaceMunster7210 Jun 2000
PeterMcKennaLeinster103 Jun 2000
SimonEasterbyScarlets6519 Feb 2000
JohnHayesMunster10519 Feb 2000
ShaneHorganLeinster6519 Feb 2000
RonanO’GaraMunster12819 Feb 2000
PeterStringerMunster9819 Feb 2000
BobCaseyLeinster705 Feb 2000
GordonD’ArcyLeinster8215 Oct 1999
AngusMcKeenLeinster115 Oct 1999
AlanQuinlanMunster2715 Oct 1999
MikeMullinsMunster1628 Aug 1999
MattMostynConnacht612 Jun 1999
BrianO’DriscollLeinster13312 Jun 1999
TomTierneyConnacht812 Jun 1999
GirvanDempseyLeinster8214 Nov 1998
PatDuignanConnacht214 Nov 1998
CiaranScallyLeinster414 Nov 1998
JustinBishopLondon Irish2513 Jun 1998
TrevorBrennanLeinster1313 Jun 1998
JustinFitzpatrickUlster2613 Jun 1998
DionO’CuinneagainUlster1913 Jun 1998
KillianKeaneLeinster104 Apr 1998
AndyWardUlster2807 Mar 1998
DylanO’GradySale120 Dec 1997
ReggieCorriganLeinster4730 Nov 1997
KieronDawsonUlster2115 Nov 1997
DavidErskineUlster1515 Nov 1997
KevinMaggsUlster7015 Nov 1997
ConorMcGuinnessConnacht1415 Nov 1997
JohnMcWeeneyLeinster115 Nov 1997
KevinNowlanLeinster315 Nov 1997
MalcolmO’KellyLeinster9215 Nov 1997
PaulFlavinLeinster201 Mar 1997
BrianO’MearaMunster915 Feb 1997
DenisHickieLeinster6201 Feb 1997
RossNesdaleNewcastle1301 Feb 1997
EricMillerLeinster4804 Jan 1997
DominicCrottyMunster523 Nov 1996
StephenMcIvorMunster323 Nov 1996
RobHendersonMunster3212 Nov 1996
JamesToppingUlster812 Nov 1996

First Cap Starting In Amateur Years

These players made their test debut before Irish rugby went professional in August 1996.

Their rugby careers spanned the amateur and professional years.

SimonMasonUlster302 Mar 1996
DavidHumphreysUlster7217 Feb 1996
VictorCostelloLeinster3906 Jan 1996
KurtMcQuilkinLeinster506 Jan 1996
AllenClarkeUlster818 Nov 1995
JeremyDavidsonUlster3218 Nov 1995
HenryHurleyLeinster218 Nov 1995
SeanMcCahillMunster118 Nov 1995
ChristianSaverimuttoLeeds Tykes318 Nov 1995
PaulWallaceMunster4531 May 1995
DarraghO’MahonySaracens406 May 1995
EddieHalveyMunster804 Mar 1995
DavyTweedUlster404 Mar 1995
PaulBurkeMunster1321 Jan 1995
AnthonyFoleyMunster6221 Jan 1995
NiallHoganLeinster1321 Jan 1995
GabrielFulcherLondon Irish2011 Jun 1994
JonathanBellUlster3605 Jun 1994
DavidCorkeryMunster2705 Jun 1994
KeithWoodMunster5805 Jun 1994
NiallWoodsLeinster805 Jun 1994
MauriceFieldUlster1719 Feb 1994
ConorO’SheaLondon Irish3513 Nov 1993
EricElwoodConnacht3506 Mar 1993
PeterClohessyMunster5420 Feb 1993
MarkMcCallUlster1330 May 1992
RichardWallaceMunster2920 Jul 1991
JimStaplesLondon Irish2616 Feb 1991
MickGalweyMunster4102 Feb 1991
SimonGeogheganLondon Irish3702 Feb 1991
PaddyJohnsLeinster5927 Oct 1990
GaryHalpinHarlequins1120 Jan 1990
NickPopplewellWasps4818 Nov 1989
DenisMcBrideUlster3205 Mar 1988
PhilDanaherMunster2816 Jan 1988
NeilFrancisLeinster3603 Jun 1987
MichaelBradleyDolphin4010 Nov 1984
BrendanMullinBlackrock College5610 Nov 1984