|Full name||Kieran Patrick Thomas Campbell|
|Date of birth||6 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Hillingdon, London, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||12 st 5 lb (80 kg)|
|Rugby union career|
Kieran Campbell is a former Irish scrumhalf who currently plays for Dungannon in the All Ireland League. Born in Hillingdon to an Irish father and Sri Lankan mother he was a key player for Gunnersbury Catholic School and helped them reach the last eight of the Daily Mail school's cup and to win the Middlesex School's County cup three years in a row. From a young age he excelled at sports including Gaelic football and played for his local side Heston Gaels. He started his professional playing career in 1997 at London Irish and was part of the Under 19 World Cup winning side of 1998. After four seasons with the exiles he joined Ulster Rugby at the start of the 2001-02 season. However, he would have to wait until the start of the 2003 season before he would emerge as a first team regular overhauling the scrumhalf Neil Doak.
The 2003-04 season was to be the most important in his career. After succeeding Neil Doak for the scrumhalf position at Ulster Kieran was to enshrine himself in the Ravenhill faithful for a stunning individual try scored against Stade Français during the December 2004 Heineken Cup match. His performances through this season were instrumental in gaining a place on the Ireland's summer tour of Japan in 2005.
Following in his breakthrough to the Irish national squad Campbell continued with a successful 2006-07 season where he would win a further 21 caps with Ulster. His performances were good enough to grant him a place in the Ireland A squad for the Churchill Cup during May 2007.
It was however the emergence of Isaac Boss at Ulster and his subsequent breakthrough into the Irish National side that was to allow Campbell to leave the Ravenhill setup in 2008 after seven seasons to join fellow Magners League team Connacht.
Kieran is married to Orla.
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