Jamie Heaslip

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Jamie Heaslip
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Date of birth (1983-12-15) 15 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Tiberias, Israel
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) [1]
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb)[1]
School Newbridge College
University Dublin City University University College Dublin
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Naas RFC, Dublin University Football Club
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005– Leinster 180 (175)
correct as of 18 April 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–
2009, 2013
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
64
5
(45)
(0)
correct as of 12 March 2014.

James Peter Richard "Jamie" Heaslip (born 15 December 1983) is an Irish rugby union player from Ireland playing Number 8 for Leinster and Ireland national team.

Early life[edit]

Heaslip was born in Tiberias, Israel, while his father, retired Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, was there on duty with UNIFIL.The youngest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister. He attended Newbridge College, in County Kildare. In 2004, he starred in the U-21 World Cup, held in Scotland, where Ireland finished as runners-up to New Zealand. Following his performance, Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award.

Professional career[edit]

Heaslip made his Leinster senior debut in the Celtic League in March 2005 where he has since gained 70 official senior games, scoring over 90 points, including 2 tries in the Heineken Cup. The first Irish cap he received was in an autumn series test of 2006 against the Pacific Islands. He had the honour of being the 1000th player to wear the green of Ireland. He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam [2] Heaslip was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He Started all three tests on the Tour. He also was nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year for 2009.[3] Heaslip was named in the first Celtic League Dream Team in 2007 [4] and along with Ben Blair and Felipe Contepomi retained his place in 2008,[5] in 2009 [6] he became the only player to have been named in all three sides and retained his unique record in 2010.[7] Heaslip was the only try scorer in the Heineken Cup semi final in which Leinster were defeated 26–16 by the eventual champions Toulouse. Heaslip has recently signed a new 3-year contract with Leinster Rugby which will see him stay at the club until 2014.

He was sent off for Ireland against New Zealand on 12 June 2010, the first Irish player to be sent off in the professional era, for striking an opposition player (Richie McCaw) with his knee in frustration.[8] He subsequently received a five-week suspension from the International Rugby Board.[9]

Heaslip was selected to captain Ireland against South Africa in the 2012 Autumn Tests, after Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Rory Best were all ruled out through injury.[10][11]

In January 2013, Heaslip was named by Declan Kidney as the new Ireland captain for the 2013 Six Nations Championship, replacing Brian O'Driscoll who had held the role since 2003.[12][13][14]

In April 2013, he was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Honours[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Leinster[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

  • British and Irish Lions tours:

Personal[edit]

  • IRUPA Supporters player of the year: 2010
  • Celtic League Dream Team 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leinster profile". Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Gareth (2009-03-22). "2009 Six Nations". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ "British & Irish Lions tour squad announced". The British and Irish Lions official website. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Magners League 'Dream Team' 2008/09 announced". 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Grand Finalists dominate 'Dream Team'". 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  8. ^ "New Zealand 66–28 Ireland". BBC Sport (BBC). 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Ireland's Jamie Heaslip handed five-week kneeing ban". BBC Sport (BBC). 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Heaslip To Captain Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pressure increases on Declan Kidney as limp second half exposes Ireland’s limitations". Irish Independent. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jamie Heaslip takes over Six Nations captaincy as O’Driscoll era ends". Irish Independent. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Heaslip gets nod over O'Driscoll as Irish captain". BBC Sport. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ireland coach Declan Kidney retains Jamie Heaslip as captain for Six Nations as Brian O'Driscoll nears exit". Daily Telegraph. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian O'Driscoll
Ireland captain
2012–13
Succeeded by
Paul O'Connell