Darren Cave

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Darren Cave
Personal information
Full name Darren Cave
Date of birth (1987-04-05) 5 April 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Holywood, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 15 st 3 lb (97 kg)
School Sullivan Upper School , Holywood Primary School
Club information
Position Centre
Current club Ulster Rugby
Youth clubs
Years Club
2005–06 Ulster Academy
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
Belfast Harlequins
Ulster Rugby
156 (177)
Representative teams**
Ireland U20
5 (10)
11 (30)
8 (5)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only and
correct as of 1 Apr 2015.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 10 Feb 2015.

Darren Cave (born 5 April 1987 at Holywood, Northern Ireland) is a professional rugby union player who currently plays centre for Ulster Rugby in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.

A real attacking talent, Darren was another young player who has come up through the Ulster Academy system and upgraded his development contract to a full contract with Ulster ahead of the start of the 2008–09 season.

He is a strong runner and tackling centre who has made a rapid progression at international level, having won the Grand Slam with the Ireland Under-20s in 2007, starred in Ireland's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification and he has represented Ireland 'A' as they won the Churchill Cup 2009.

In 2010/11 he struggled with injuries but returned towards the end of the season and scored some vital tries as Ulster reached the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup and semi-finals of the Magners League. Cave showed excellent form on his return to action but picked up another injury in early 2012, just as he looked likely to be included in Ireland's Six Nations squad. He made another magnificent comeback as Ulster made the Heineken Cup final for just the second time in their history, but they lost to Leinster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final, 42-14.[1]

Cave has agreed a new two-year deal with Ulster in December 2012, keeping him at the Irish province until the summer of 2015. He told Ulster's website: "Signing this new contract was probably the easiest decision that I have ever made in my life, especially at a time when the team have just won 12 competitive matches in a row. I honestly think that Ulster are going to win something between now and the summer of 2015 and I would never forgive myself if I wasn't around to be a part of that.

In the 2012/13 campaign, Cave was ever-present as Ulster reached the final of the RaboDirect PRO12 and recorded a series of notable firsts including winning in France and beating every Welsh region in Wales.

He scored five tries the following season and was a stand-out player for the province as Ulster won all six of their Heineken Cup Pool matches and reached the RaboDirect PRO12 Play Off. His form was rewarded with a place on the Ireland tour to Argentina where he played in both test matches.

International career[edit]

Cave was included in Ireland's extended 2009 RBS 6 Nations squad and won his first international cap against Canada in May 2009. His form was recognised with an International call up for the summer tour to New Zealand in June 2012 where he won his 3rd cap and he then scored a brilliant individual try for an Ireland XV side that played Fiji at Thomond Park on November 17, 2012.

On Sunday 19 May 2013 Cave was named in the Ireland squad for their US and Canada summer tour and played in both matches, scoring a try vs Canada match. In the summer of 2014 Cave was included in the following summer tour and played twice against Argentina.

After initially not been selected for the Autumn International, he was recalled by Joe Scmidt and made his eighth appearance in the comprehensive 49-7 victory over Georgia on Sunday 16 November 2014.

Private Life[edit]

Outside of rugby, Cave is an keen supporter of Blackburn Rovers and is President of the Northern Ireland Blackburn Rovers Supporters Association. Caves quotes golfer Darren Clarke as one of his sporting heroes.


  1. ^ "Heineken Cup 2012: Brian O'Driscoll overwhelmed by Leinster's record-breaking victory over Ulster". The Daily Telegraph (London). 20 May 2012.