Andrew Trimble

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Andrew Trimble
Full name Andrew David Trimble
Date of birth (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 98 kilograms (15 st 6 lb)
School Coleraine Academical Institution
University Queen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Current team Ulster
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005– Ulster 188 (320)
correct as of 24 May 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ireland Wolfhounds
correct as of 8 August 2015.

Andrew Trimble (born 20 October 1984) is an Irish rugby union player from Coleraine.[1] Trimble currently plays club rugby for Ulster and represents Ireland at international level.

Club career[edit]

He attended Coleraine Academical Institution,[2] where he competed in the Ulster Schools Cup.

He plays at outside centre or on the wing for Ulster Rugby. In April 2006 he signed a new three-year deal with Ulster. Trimble also played club rugby for Ballymena RFC in the AIB League and has represented Ireland Schools and the Ireland U21 team.[3][4]

Due to a pre-season groin injury, however, he required surgery and missed part of the 2007–08 season.[5] He later underwent a hernia operation.[6] On 30 April 2009, Trimble underwent surgery on his right knee to remove a piece of chipped bone.[5]

International career[edit]

Trimble, replacing the injured Brian O'Driscoll, made his debut for the Ireland national rugby union team during the 2005 IRB Autumn Internationals, against Australia.[3] He started again the following week against Romania, securing victory for the Irish with two tries.[3]

Building on his earlier success, Trimble made the 22-man squad for Ireland's 2006 Six Nations Championship opener against Italy. He came on as a second-half replacement to score his third try against France, the following week. In the 2007 and 2008, Trimble was a member of the Ireland team for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and played both on the wing and in the centre.[3] Due to injuries, he missed both Ireland's 2008 and 2009 summer tours.[5]

Trimble has scored test tries for Ireland at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and the 2012 Six Nations Championship.

In September 2015, Trimble was left out of the Ireland squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[7]


  • Ulster Rugby Player of the Year (2006)[3]
  • BT Irish Rugby Union Players Association's newcomer of the year.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Trimble attended Coleraine Academical Institution.[4] After graduating, he attended Queen's University to study physics.[4] After a year however, he dropped out, and decided to study Theology at Belfast Bible College instead.[4] He supports Liverpool F.C.. Trimble married his wife, Anna, in March 2009.

Trimble is a devout Christian who reads Psalm 84 to prepare before every match.[8]


  1. ^ "Andrew Trimble eyes Irish call up". Coleraine Times. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Player Profiles: Ulster Rugby 1st XV". Ulster Rugby. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Andrew Trimble". Irish Rugby. Retrieved 2010-01-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d O'Brien, John (5 March 2006). "Heaven on earth, but there's better to come". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Trimble ruled out until next season". Irish Independent. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ Kelly, David (4 March 2009). "Trimble targets the best of both worlds". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2015: Andrew Trimble left out of Ireland squad". BBC Sport. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Five Top Players on God's Rugby Squad". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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