|Full name||Denis Buckley|
|Date of birth||9 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Ballinasloe, Ireland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||101 kilograms (15.9 st)|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team|
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|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|correct as of 23 February 2014.|
Denis Buckley (born 9 August 1990) is a rugby union player from County Roscommon in Ireland. His primary position is at loosehead prop. Buckley currently plays for Irish provincial team Connacht Rugby in the Pro 12. Buckley first played rugby with local club Creggs RFC, and was a student at the prestigious Blackrock College. He plays his club rugby for Buccaneers.
Buckley became part of Connacht's senior squad in 2011, joining the team for the 2011-12 season. He made his first appearance for the team in a 2011-12 Pro 12 match against Benetton Treviso in September that year. His first European appearance came against Toulouse in the 2011-12 Heineken Cup on 14 January 2012, also as a replacement. Buckley made his first start on 24 February that year in a Pro 12 match with Edinburgh. In total, his first season saw him make 8 Pro 12 appearances and feature in 2 Heineken Cup games for the province.
Buckley's second season saw him play more regularly for the team, starting 7 matches in the 2012-13 Pro 12 and making 15 appearances in the competition overall. He also featured in 5 of the team's 6 matches in the 2012-13 Heineken Cup, starting in the game away against Zebre, and in both ties with Harlequins. Buckley signed a new contract in November 2012 to keep him with the province until 2015.
Buckley suffered a slow start to the following season, with injuries meaning he did not make his first appearance until 29 November 2013 when he was a replacement against Edinburgh in the 2013-14 Pro 12. His next game came in that season's Heineken Cup, where he came on from the bench in a famous victory over four time European champions Toulouse in France. He appeared in 4 of Connacht's pool games in the Cup, being a replacement on each occasion.
Buckley has also been involved with Ireland at under-age international level. He was part of the Irish set up at school's and Under-18 level.
- "Denis lines out for Ireland U-18s". Roscommon People. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- "Buckley handed full Connacht start". RTĖ Sport. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- "Connacht Squad Index: Denis Buckley". RaboDirectPRO12.
- "Player Archive: Dennis Buckley". ERC.
- "Prop Denis Buckley commits his future to Connacht". RTĖ Sport. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- "Lam basks in glow of Connacht's finest hour". Irish Independent. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Player Archive: Denis Buckley". ERC. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
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