Ian Keatley

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Ian Keatley
Ian Keatley after Ireland's win over Canada in Vancouver
Full name Ian James T. Keatley
Date of birth (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 4 lb, 200 lb)
School Belvedere College
University University College Dublin
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half, Centre, Fullback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Galway Corinthians
Young Munster
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 13 Sep 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ireland Wolfhounds
Emerging Ireland
Ireland U20
correct as of 23 Jun 2014.

Ian James T. Keatley (born 1 April 1987 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player. He plays primarily as a fly-half, but has also played at centre and fullback. Keatley currently plays for Irish provincial side Munster in the Pro 12.

Early life[edit]

Keatley was educated at Belvedere College, University College Dublin and played with Suttonians RFC. He was a member of the Belvedere College team which won the Leinster Senior Cup in 2005, the first time the school had achieved this in 33 years.


After spending one season as part of Leinster's senior team, during which time he failed to make any appearances for the first team, Keatley joined rival Irish province Connacht ahead of the 2008–09 season. Keatley made his first appearance for the side on 5 September 2008, starting in a 2008–09 Celtic League match against the Ospreys.[1] Keatley played in 17 of Connacht's 18 league games for the season, starting in all of the matches he played.[2] Keatley also made his European debut that season on 10 October 2008, starting in the team's 2008–09 European Challenge Cup game with French side Dax. Of Connacht's six games in the group stages of the competition, Keatley started five, missing a match against London Irish. Keatley also started in Connacht's quarter-final defeat to eventual champions Northampton Saints.[3] He scored a total of 185 points for the province during the course of his first season.

In the following season, Keatley continued to be a regular player for Connacht. He played in all 18 of Connacht's 2009–10 Celtic League games, 13 of these appearances coming as starts.[2] In the 2009–10 Challenge Cup, Keatley played in all of Connacht's group games, starting in four and coming on as a replacement in the other two. Connacht won all of their group games to enter the knock-out as top seeds. Keatley started in the province's quarter-final win over Bourgoin, kicking two conversions and a penalty. In the semi-final, Connacht faced a Toulon side featuring Jonny Wilkinson. Keatley kicked all of Connacht's points in the game, as the province were beaten by a score of 12-19.[3] Keatley scored a total of 208 points for Connacht over the 2009–10 season.

In the 2010–11 season, Keatley's former coach from the Ireland Under-20 team, Eric Elwood, took over as Connacht coach. With the expansion of the competition to include 12 teams, Keatley featured in all 22 of Connacht's 2010–11 Celtic League games, with just two of his appearances coming as a replacement.[2] In the 2010–11 Challenge Cup, Keatley started all six of the team's games as they failed to qualify for the knock-out stages, finishing second in their group to eventual champions Harlequins.[3] He scored a total of 295 points for the province over the course of both competitions.

After his three seasons with Connacht Rugby, Keatley was the province's record points scorer, with a total of 688 points. He left Connacht at the end of the 2010–11 season, joining another Irish province, this time going to Munster.


Keatley joined Munster to replace Paul Warwick, signing a two-year contract.[4]

He made his Munster debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2011.[5][6] He kicked six from six against Cardiff Blues on 23 September 2011 to win the match 18-13 for Munster,earning the Man-of-the-Match award.[7] He scored 20 points for Munster in their 35-29 win against Glasgow Warriors on 15 April 2012.[8] Keatley was also crucial in Munster's 20-20 draw with Scarlets on 23 April 2012, kicking 10 points and putting in a superb defensive effort to secure a place in the league play-offs for Munster.[9] He missed Munster's final regular fixture of the 2011–12 season against Ulster after picking up a knock in training.[10]

Keatley made his Heineken Cup debut in Munster's Round 5 26-10 win over Castres Olympique.[11] He scored his first points in the Heinken Cup, a conversion, in Munster's Round 6 36-51 win against Northampton Saints on 21 January 2012.[12] Keatley scored his first try for Munster in the league play-off semi-final against Ospreys on 11 May 2012.

He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in January 2013.[13] He won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's opening 2013–14 Pro 12 victory against Edinburgh on 7 September 2013.[14] He kicked 14 points in Munster's 19-15 win against Leinster on 5 October 2013, a game in which he also won the Man-of-the-Match award.[15] Keatley won another Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 14-18 away win against Newport Gwent Dragons on 29 November 2013, a game in which he kicked all of Munster's points.[16] Keatley was nominated for the Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year 2014 award on 1 May 2014.[17]


Keatley made his senior debut for Ireland during their 2009 Summer Tour to North America. He won his first cap against Canada on 23 May, scoring 10 points.[18][19] He won a second cap on 31 May 2009, when Ireland beat United States 10-27, with Keatley scoring 7 points.[20] Keatley was selected in the Ireland Wolfhounds squad for their game against England Saxons in January 2012.[21] He started the game at fly-half.[22]

He was drafted into Ireland's training squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship on 21 January 2013.[23] Keatley played for Ireland Wolfhounds in their friendly against England Saxons on 25 January 2013.[24] Keatley was named in the Emerging Ireland squad to take part in the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup on 19 May 2013.[25] He started against Georgia in Emerging Ireland's first game of the tournament on 7 June 2013, scoring 15 points in his sides 15-20 victory.[26] Keatley also started the 19-8 defeat to South Africa President's XV on 11 June 2013.[27] He scored 22 points against Uruguay in Emerging Ireland's 42-33 victory on 16 June 2013, a win which secured his side a second-place finish at the tournament.[28]

In January 2014, Keatley was included in the provisional 44-man squad for the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[29] He came off the bench for Ireland Wolfhounds in their friendly against England Saxons on 25 January 2014.[30] Keatley was again selected in the Emerging Ireland squad when it was announced on 26 May 2014.[31] He started against Russia in their first 2014 IRB Nations Cup match on 13 June 2014, scoring a try and four conversions.[32] Keatley came off the bench in their second game against Uruguay on 18 June 2014, scoring 3 points.[33] He started in the 31-10 win Romania on 22 June 2014, a win that secured the 2014 IRB Nations Cup for Emerging Ireland.[34]


Emerging Ireland[edit]


  1. ^ "Connacht Rugby 3 - 16 Ospreys". Guiness PRO12. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Connacht Squad Index: Ian Keatley". Guiness PRO12. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Player Archive: Ian Keatley". ERC. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Munster Confirm Keatley Signing". irishrugby.ie. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Munster Have To Hit The Ground Running". munsterrugby.ie. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "First Half Sets Up Opening Round Victory". munsterrugby.ie. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Defensive Display Keeps Munster Top". munsterrugby.ie. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Munster Bounce Back Impressively". munsterrugby.ie. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Draw Sees Munster Through". munsterrugby.ie. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Deasy At 10 For Munster". munsterrugby.ie. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fifth Successive Win Sees Munster Through". munsterrugby.ie. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Munster Close The Deal". munsterrugby.ie. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Archer & Keatley Extend Their Contracts". munsterrugby.ie. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Positive Start In Musgrave Park". munsterrugby.ie. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Munster claim derby bragging rights over Leinster". Irish Independent. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Penney happy with high-flying squad". irishexaminer.com. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Players Nominated For Munster Rugby Awards". munsterrugby.ie. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Test Match Preview: Canada v Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ireland Made To Work Hard For Canada Win". irishrugby.ie. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ireland Finish Tour With Four-Try Triumph". irishrugby.ie. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ireland And O2 Ireland Wolfhounds Squads Announced". irishrugby.ie. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Defeat For Ireland Wolfhounds In Exeter". irishrugby.ie. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Seven Players Added To Training Squad". irishrugby.ie. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Wolfhounds Lose Grip On First Half Lead". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ireland Squads Announced For Summer Tours". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Keatley Kicks Emerging Ireland To Hard-Fought Win". irishrugby.ie. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  27. ^ "Emerging Ireland Suffer Tbilisi Defeat". irishrugby.ie. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Second Place Finish For Emerging Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "Joe Schmidt names seven uncapped players in his extended 44-man Six Nations squad". Irish Independent. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wolfhounds Hold On For Hard-Fought Victory". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "9 Players In Emerging Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "Emerging Ireland Hammer Russia In Nations Cup Opener". irishrugby.ie. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Emerging Ireland Enjoy Back-To-Back Bonus Point Wins". irishrugby.ie. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Emerging Ireland Are Nations Cup Champions". irishrugby.ie. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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