Bernard Jackman

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Bernard Jackman
Bernard Jackman - Oyonnax vs. Grenoble, 19th September 2014.jpg
Full name Bernard Jackman
Date of birth (1976-05-05) 5 May 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Tullow, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 1 lb, 253 lb)[1]
School Newbridge College
University Dublin City University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Head coach
Current team FC Grenoble
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Tullow RFC
Newbridge RFC
County Carlow RFC
Clontarf RFC
Sale Sharks
Clontarf RFC

Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)


Correct as of 5 December 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

Ireland A
Correct as of 5 December 2014

Bernard Jackman (born 5 May 1976) is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Connacht, Leinster and Sale Sharks. At international level, he has also played for Ireland. He released his autobiography, Blue Blood in 2011.

Early career[edit]

Born 5 May 1976, Tullow, County Carlow, Republic of Ireland, Jackman was educated at Newbridge College and Dublin City University where he studied a degree in business studies and Japanese. He was persuaded by Warren Gatland to turn professional and subsequently had two spells playing for Connacht. In between he also played for Sale Sharks, helping them win the 2001-02 European Challenge Cup.[2][3][4][5][6] he


In 2005 Jackman signed for Leinster. A broken leg hindered his early Leinster career but he eventually established himself as a first team regular. He was a prominent member of the team that won the 2007–08 Celtic League title and he also earned himself a recall into the senior Ireland squad.[3][4][7] He has now retired from the professional game after a concussion injury in 2010. Bernard Jackman has become an acting ambassador for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, standing strongly behind the concussion awareness campaign 'Mind your Head in Sport'.[8] John Fogarty another Leinster Hooker had to retire with a similar concussion injury soon after.[9]

Ireland international[edit]

Jackman represented Ireland at U19, U21 and college levels and captained Ireland A before graduating to the senior Ireland team. He was included in the squad for the 1998 tour of South Africa but was not capped. He was capped twice during the 2005 tour of Japan and won two further caps during the 2007 tour of Argentina. He was also included in Ireland's 2008 Six Nations Championship squad and featured in all five games.[3][10]

Coaching career[edit]

As well as playing rugby as a professional, Jackman has also coached several junior Leinster teams, including Tullow RFC, Newbridge RFC and Coolmine RFC. He has guided Newbridge to victory in both a league title and the Lalor Cup.[11][12] In May 2009, he was appointed Director of Rugby and forwards coach of Clontarf RFC.[13] In 2011 he was appointed on a consultancy basis as skills and forwards coach with FC Grenoble and made full time for the 2012/2013 season. In 2016, following the departure of Fabrice Landreau, he became Head Coach of FC Grenoble.[14] In March 2017, Jackman left Grenoble.[15]


Sale Sharks




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  2. ^ "Tullow Rugby Club". Tullow Rugby Club. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Bernard Jackman. "Player profile". Irish Rugby. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Wildman, Rob (7 February 2008). "Bernard Jackman relishes starting place". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sale sign Jackman". BBC News. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player information". European Rugby Cup. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Bernard Jackman. "Player profiles". Leinster Rugby. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
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  9. ^ "It affects every facet of your life. It takes from you. I'm a different person when this is bad". Irish Independent. 30 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Player profiles". Irish Rugby. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Rugby 2000/01 ...". Laois Nationalist. 25 August 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2009. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Coolmine Rugby Football Club". Coolmine RFC. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  13. ^ 'Gerry Thornley' (23 May 2009). "'We won't be seeing the back of him just yet'". 'The Irish Times'. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "'Top 14 (Grenoble) : La lettre de Bernard Jackman aux supporters'". 'L'Équipe'. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bernard Jackman to leave Grenoble with immediate effect". Irish Independent. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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