Billy Holland

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Billy Holland
Date of birth (1985-08-03) 3 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb, 240 lb)
School Christian Brothers College, Cork
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–present Munster 160 (15)
Correct as of 28 May 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–15
2016–present
Emerging Ireland
Ireland
5
1
(5)
(0)
Correct as of 12 November 2016

Billy Holland (born 3 August 1985 in Cork, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player for Munster in the Pro12 and European Rugby Champions Cup. He plays as a Lock, but can also play as a Flanker, and represents Cork Constitution in club rugby.

Munster[edit]

Holland made his full debut for Munster against Scarlets on 22 September 2007.[1] He was part of the Munster team that narrowly lost to New Zealand on 18 November 2008, in the opening game of the new Thomond Park.[2] He made his Heineken Cup debut in Munster 2009–10 Heineken Cup quarter-final against Northampton Saints on 10 April 2010.[3] Holland started for Munster in their historic 15-6 victory over Australia on 16 November 2010.[4]

Holland has captained the Munster A side on numerous occasions over the past 4 years and has been the regular captain this season (2011–12). Holland led Munster A to victory in the 2011–12 British and Irish Cup Final, putting in a captains performance in the 31-12 win.[5]

He signed a new two-year contract with Munster in March 2012.[6] Holland captained Munster against Newport Gwent Dragons on 29 November 2013.[7][8] He signed a new two-year contract with Munster in February 2014, which will see him remain with the province until at least June 2016.[9] Holland was nominated for the 2015 Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year Award in April 2015.[10] In January 2016, Holland signed a new two-year contract with Munster.[11] He was nominated for the 2016 Munster Senior Player of the Year Award, the second successive season he was nominated.[12] On 5 May 2017, Holland was named in the 2016–17 Pro12 Dream Team.[13]

Ireland[edit]

Holland had represented Ireland Schools, Ireland under 19's and Ireland under 21's. He won the IRUPA Award for Unsung Hero on 8 May 2013.[14] He started for Emerging Ireland their second 2014 IRB Nations Cup game against Uruguay on 18 June 2014, scoring a try.[15] He also started in the 31-10 win Romania on 22 June 2014, a win that secured the 2014 IRB Nations Cup for Emerging Ireland.[16]

Holland was added to the senior Ireland squad for the 2015 Six Nations Championship game against England on 24 February 2015.[17] He was named in the Emerging Ireland squad for the 2015 World Rugby Tbilisi Cup on 19 May 2015.[18] Holland started in the opening 25-0 win against Emerging Italy on 13 June 2015.[19] Holland started in the 33-7 win against Uruguay on 17 June 2015.[20] He captained the side in the 45-12 win against Georgia on 21 June 2015, a win which secured the tournament for Emerging Ireland.[21]

On 26 October 2016, Holland was named in Ireland's squad for the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals.[22] On 12 November 2016, Holland made his senior Ireland debut when he started in the 52-21 win against Canada.[23] On 23 January 2017, Holland was named in the Ireland squad for the opening two rounds of the 2017 Six Nations Championship.[24]

Honours[edit]

Emerging Ireland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munster See Off Scarlets". munsterrugby.ie. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oh So Close". munsterrugby.ie. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Munster's Heineken Cup Continues". munsterrugby.ie. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Class of 2010 Excel". munsterrugby.ie. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Munster Prove Too Strong". munsterrugby.ie. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Signs On For Two More Years". munsterrugby.ie. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "O'Connell Starts As Van Den Heever Makes Debut". munsterrugby.ie. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Munster Win Hard Fought Battle". munsterrugby.ie. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Holland Signs And Nagle On Loan". munsterrugby.ie. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nominations In For Munster Rugby Awards". munsterrugby.ie. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Holland Signs Contract Extension". munsterrugby.ie. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Nominations In For Munster Rugby Awards". munsterrugby.ie. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "6 Munster Players Included In PRO12 Dream Team". munsterrugby.ie. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "IRUPA Awards For Holland And Zebo". munsterrugby.ie. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Emerging Ireland Enjoy Back-To-Back Bonus Point Wins". irishrugby.ie. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Emerging Ireland Are Nations Cup Champions". irishrugby.ie. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Holland Added To Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Emerging Ireland Squad Named For Tbilisi Cup". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Emerging Ireland Off The Mark With Bonus Point Win". irishrugby.ie. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Two From Two In Tbilisi Cup". munsterrugby.ie. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Emerging Ireland Lift Tbilisi Cup After Third Bonus Point Win". irishrugby.ie. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Six Uncapped Players In Ireland Squad". irishrugby.ie. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ireland Win GUINNESS Series Opener With Eight New Caps". 12 November 2016. 
  24. ^ "13 Munster Players In Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 

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