|Blanch while playing for Ireland in 2008|
24 May 1983 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
|As of 29 October 2013|
|Source: Rugby League Project|
Damien Blanch is an Australian-born Irish international rugby league footballer. Blanch's usual position is wing. He last played in the Super League for Catalans Dragons and has previously played for Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
He received an international call-up from Ireland in November 2006, and was named in the Ireland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He finished the tournament among the top try scorers, attracting praise from many pundits for his good performances as Ireland exceeded expectations.
Blanch joined Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2011 Super League season, and remained there for three years before departing at the end of 2013. In 2011 he was the club's top try-scorer.
He was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
He is currently playing for the Thirroul Butchers in the Illawarra Coal League.
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- Damien Blanch Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Wakefield Trinity Wildcats profile
- Ireland profile
- Castleford Tigers profile
- Widnes Profile
- Blanch signs new Wakefield deal