Keith Earls

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Keith Earls
Keith-earls-munster-rprofile.jpg
Earls playing for Munster
Full name Keith Gerard Earls
Date of birth (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Moyross, County Limerick, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 90 kg
School St. Munchin's College
Notable relative(s) Ger Earls (father)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre, Fullback, Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Thomond
Garryowen
Young Munster
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–present Munster 95 (140)
correct as of 13 Apr 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009
2008–present
2007–present
Lions
Ireland
Wolfhounds
0
39
7
(0)
(60)
(25)
correct as of 17 Mar 2013.

Keith Gerard Earls (born 2 October 1987 in Moyross, County Limerick, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player for Munster in the Pro 12 and Heineken Cup. Internationally, Earls plays for Ireland and he represented the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa. He plays as a Centre, Wing or Fullback. He won a Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup medal with St. Munchin's College in 2006.[1]

Munster[edit]

2006-07[edit]

Earls made his Munster debut against Ospreys in April 2007.[2]

2007-08[edit]

During the 2007/08 season, Earls was part of the Munster squad that beat Toulouse in the 2008 Heineken Cup Final.[3]

2008-09[edit]

In the 2008/09 season, Earls really made his mark in the Munster first team, scoring 10 tries, including 2 in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ospreys in May 2009[4] and a hat-trick in the Magners League against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2008.[5]

2009-10[edit]

Earls started against Northampton Saints in 31-27 Round 1 2009–10 Heineken Cup defeat on 10 October 2009.[6] Earls also started the 41-10 Round 2 win against Treviso on 17 October 2009.[7] He then started the 24-23 Round 3 win against USA Perpignan on 11 December 2009.[8] He also started the reverse Round 4 fixture on 20 December 2009, which Munster won 14-37.[9] Earls scored two tries in the Round 5 7-44 win against Treviso on 16 January 2010.[10] Earls also started the 12-9 Round 6 victory against Northampton Saints on 22 January 2010.[11] Earls then started the 33-19 quarter-final victory, also against Northampton, on 10 April 2010.[12] Earls scored a try in Munster's 18-7 semi-final defeat at the hands on Biarritz on 2 May 2010.[13]

2010-11[edit]

He played for Munster during their historic 15–6 win over Australia on 16 November 2010.[14] Earls was also part of the Munster team that beat Leinster to win the 2011 Magners League Grand Final.[15]

2011-12[edit]

He injured his knee in the first minute of Munster's Rabo Direct Pro12 match against Leinster on 4 November 2011,[16] and was ruled out for 4–6 weeks.[17] He made his return against Scarlets in Munster's Heineken Cup Round 4 fixture on 18 December 2011.[18] Earls also started against Castres Olympique on 14 January 2012.[19] He also started in Munster's 26-51 win against Northampton Saints on 21 January 2012.[20] Earls started in Munster's 2011–12 Heineken Cup quarter-final loss to Ulster on 8 April 2012.[21] He also started for Munster in their 45-10 defeat against Oapreys in the semi-final of the 2011–12 Pro 12.[22]

2012-13[edit]

Earls started against Saracens on 8 December 2012.[23] He also started against Edinburgh on 13 January 2013.[24] Earls started against Racing Metro 92 on 20 January 2013.[25] Earls started Munster's 16-10 2012–13 Heineken Cup semi-final defeat against ASM Clermont Auvergne on 27 April 2013.[26]

2013-14[edit]

Earls scored a try in Munster's 19-15 victory against Leinster on 5 October 2013.[27] He started in the 29-23 loss to Edinburgh in Round 1 of the 2013–14 Heineken Cup on 12 October 2013.[28] He also started the 26-10 win against Gloucester in Round 2 on 19 October 2013.[29] He won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's Round 3 36-8 win against USA Perpignan on 8 December 2013.[30] Earls also started the reverse fixture away to Perpignan on 14 December 2013.[31] He started the 7-20 away win against Gloucester on 11 January 2013, scoring a try in a win that secured quarter-final qualification.[32] Earls started against Edinburgh in the Round 6 fixture on 19 January 2014, but went off injured in the first-half.[33] It was announced on 21 January 2014 that Earls had signed a new two-year contract, a deal that will see him remain with Munster and Ireland until June 2016.[34] After having a scan on the injury he suffered in the Edinburgh game, Earls was ruled out for 6–8 weeks.[35] Earls started in Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse on 5 April 2014, scoring a try in the 47-23 win.[36]

Ireland[edit]

2008-09[edit]

Earls made his debut for Ireland in November 2008 against Canada in Thomond Park. He scored his first international try with his first touch of the ball.[37]

2009-10[edit]

Earls was selected in Ireland's squad for the November Tests in 2009. He came on for the injured Luke Fitzgerald against Australia and started against Fiji, where he scored two tries, and against South Africa. He played in all 5 of Ireland's 2010 Six Nations Championship games, starting 4 of them. He scored a try against England and scored two more against Wales, finishing as joint top try scorer with Tommy Bowe, Shane Williams and James Hook.

He was selected in Ireland's squad for their 2010 Summer Tour to New Zealand and Australia, though he had to pull out of the squad due to a persistent groin injury.

2010-11[edit]

An ankle injury ruled him out of the beginning of the 2010/11 season. He was in the Ireland squad for the 2010 Autumn Tests, coming on against South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina. He started every game for Ireland during the 2011 Six Nations Championship, four on the left-wing and one at full-back.

2011-12[edit]

He was selected in Ireland's squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-ups in August,[38] playing in both tests against France. He was selected in Ireland's final 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.[39] He started on the wing against US Eagles in Ireland's first Pool C game, and again against Australia during their historic 6-15 victory over the Wallabies. He was switched to outside-centre against Russia and scored two tries. He returned to the left-wing for Ireland's final Pool C game against Italy and, on his birthday, scored a brace of tries in the 36-6 win.[40] He scored his fifth World Cup try in Ireland's quarter-final defeat at the hands of Wales.[41] This total of five tries made him Ireland's top try scorer at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Earls was selected in Ireland's 24-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.[42] He was named in the team to face Wales in the opening fixture,[43] but had to withdraw from the team when his recently-born daughter was taken ill. His place at outside centre was taken by Fergus McFadden.[44] He returned to the Ireland team for their game against Italy, scoring a try, and played against France, Scotland and England.

He played at Inside Centre for Ireland in the first test against New Zealand on 9 June 2012, as part of a new centre-combination with Brian O'Driscoll.[45] Earls missed the second test due to a pectoral injury,[46] but returned to start the third test, this time on the left-wing.[47]

2012-13[edit]

Earls started at 13 for Ireland in the opening 2012 Guinness Series test against South Africa on 10 November 2012,[48] and again against Argentina on 24 November 2012.[49]

Earls was named in Ireland squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship on 17 January 2013,[50] and came off the bench against Wales in Ireland's opening 22-30 win,[51] and their 6-12 defeat against England on 10 February 2013.[52] He came into the first XV against Scotland after Simon Zebo's injury, starting in his place on the left-wing.[53] He continued there in the 13-13 draw against France.[54] He started against Italy in the final game of the tournament, but went off injured in the 24th minute.[55]

2013-14[edit]

On 23 October 2013, Earls was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Autumn Tests.[56]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

2009[edit]

On 21 April 2009, Earls was selected as part of the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.[57] He made his Lions debut on 30 May 2009, in a nervy, error-strewn performance against a South African Royal XV. A week later, against Currie Cup outfit the Free State Cheetahs, he put in a far improved showing, scoring an impressive try which ultimately proved crucial to the result, with the Lions coming through to win 26–24.[58] On 23 June 2009, he scored a try from fullback in a tour match against the Emerging Springboks. On receiving the ball at the out half position and stepping past three rushing defenders, he touched down for the Lions' only try in a 13–13 draw.[59] Earls also played against Western Province and Southern Kings in mid-week games, but he did not win any full Lions caps on the tour.

Influences[edit]

Keith has always pointed to his father, former Munster player Ger Earls, as a massive influence on his career.

Personal life[edit]

Earls has a daughter, named Ella-Maye, with his partner Edel McGee.[60]

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