Trevor Brennan

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Trevor Brennan
Trevor Brennan in De Danu.jpg
Trevor Brennan at De Danú, his pub in Toulouse
Date of birth (1973-09-29) 29 September 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Leixlip, Ireland
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 17 st 5 lb (110 kg)
Occupation(s) Owner of the bar De Danu in Toulouse
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Second row or Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team

Bective Rangers
St Marys College RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002-2007 Stade Toulousain 126 (35)
correct as of 6 October 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996-2001 Leinster Rugby 47 (5)
correct as of 6 October 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998-2001 Ireland 12 (0)
correct as of 2007-03-13.

Trevor Brennan (born 29 September 1973, Leixlip, Ireland) is a former rugby union player for Barnhall, Bective Rangers, St Marys College RFC, Leinster Rugby, Stade Toulousain and Ireland; being capped 13 times. He played either in the second row or as a flanker.

Trevor captained St Mary's College RFC to their only AIB League title in 2000. He began his career with Barnhall.

After leaving Leinster for Stade Toulousain, Brennan fell out of favour with the Irish national team. He subsequently went on to play in three back to back European Cup finals as part of the Stade Toulousain team, with two wins (Perpingnan 2003, Stade Français 2005) and one defeat (against Wasps 2004).


Brennan made his debut for the senior Ireland team in a 13-37 defeat against South Africa on 13 June 1998[1] and went on to make 13 test appearances, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It was during this tournament that Brennan's abrasive image was tested, after an on-pitch fight with Australian number 8 Toutai Kefu, who was aided by two teammates who held Brennan's arms back.[2]

Coaching and life in Toulouse[edit]

Following retirement from professional rugby in 2007 Trevor and family have remained in Toulouse. Trevor currently coaches the Toulouse Crabos B under 18 team and owns the De Danu Irish Bar in Toulouse. "Trevor Brennan Diaries", written by Gerry Thornley appear occasionally in the Irish Times, and Brennan sometimes appears on television as commentator for various rugby events including the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Incident and Retirement[edit]

Brennan announced his retirement on 3 March 2007, after an incident during a Toulouse v Ulster match on 21 January 2007. Brennan jumped into a section of the crowd housing Ulster supporters at the Stade Ernest Wallon and repeatedly struck Ulster fan Patrick Bamford. Trevor alleged afterwards that abuse towards his mother triggered his reaction. His uncle took this further alleging sectarian abuse had taken place a, claim initially supported by the club before swiftly being retracted.[3][4] In their investigation of the incident European Rugby found no such abuse took place. They found that Brennan was being baited over the standard of the bar he co-owns in Toulouse.

For this attack, he was fined £17,000, ordered to pay £3,000 compensation to Bamford and was banned for life from playing rugby.[5]

An appeal of this decision was heard in June 2007, before an ERC-appointed, independent appeals committee, where the ban was reduced to a 5-year suspension. It was held that the life ban was 'disproportionate' to the offence. Bamford's recollection of events were recorded in the Independent Appeal Committee Decision's statement [6]

Sports Book Award[edit]

In 2007, Brennan won the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year for his book Heart and Soul.[7] The book, which was ghost-written by Gerry Thornley, a senior Irish Times journalist, depicts Brennan from his time growing up in Leixlip and playing for Barnhall right through to his time at Toulouse where he won two European Cups before his eventual five-year ban from rugby following an assault on an Ulster fan during a game.

Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours[edit]

Trevor set up Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours in 2010 providing highly sociable travel packages for Irish supporters and teams. Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours are noted for their great 'craic' on tour particularly on their long haul trips to the Rugby World Cup, Lions Tour and Ireland Summer Tours. Trevor comes on most tours personally and as well as his highly organised staff has been joined by rugby guests such as Peter Clohessy, Liam Toland, Brent Pope and Freddie Pucciariello. For schools and clubs Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours offer completely bespoke packages to teams all designed with individual preferences and budgets in mind.

International Rules - Coaching role[edit]

In 2008 Trevor Brennan and rugby national fitness coach Mike McGurn, were part of the Ireland International rules football coaching staff in the International rules match series with Australia.[8] Both Brennan and McGurn had played Gaelic Football in their youth were invited by the Irish manager Seán Boylan and the GAA to give their expertise from Rugby which would be useful in the game which is a compromise between Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football.


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