Mike Ross (rugby union)

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Mike Ross
Mike Ross 2015 RWC.jpg
Mike Ross playing for Ireland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Full name Michael Robert Ross
Date of birth (1979-12-21) 21 December 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
School St. Colman's College
University University College Cork
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 26 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland Wolfhounds
Correct as of 25 June 2016

Mike Ross (born 21 December 1979) is an Irish rugby union footballer who plays prop for Irish club Leinster and the Ireland national rugby team.

A robust presence around the pitch and a top class scrummager, Mike Ross made his name playing in the Premiership in England for Harlequins.

The former Cork Constitution player made the move from Munster and played for three years at the highest level in England.

Since his move to Leinster he has featured in a number of Ireland squads and lined out for the Wolfhounds as well as making his debut for the National team on the 2009 Summer tour to Canada and the USA.

Ross later went on to make his Six Nations debut in 2011 against Italy where he made an impressive start against the robust Italian scrummage,[citation needed] since then he has been an ever present the Ireland team sheet. His top class scrummaging was widely regarded as key to Leinster's Heineken Cup & Ireland's World Cup progression to the Quarter Final in 2011.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

After starting his rugby career with Munster, Ross spent three years with Harlequins in England before signing for Leinster in 2009. The move back to Irish rugby was seen as a move to bolster his playing opportunities to play international rugby with Ireland. He scored his first ever professional try on 5 April 2013, in an Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter Final victory away to London Wasps. After a glittering career that has seen him win two Six Nations titles, represent Ireland at two World Cups as well as winning two Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles with Leinster, Ross confirmed that he would retire from rugby at the end of the 2016-17 season.[1]

International career[edit]

On 23 May 2009, Ross made his debut for Ireland against Canada in Vancouver, coming on as a replacement in a 25–6 win.[2] He made his first start in the game against the USA on the 31 May.[3] Ross made his Six Nations debut when he was given the responsibility of leading the scrum against the Italians on 5 February 2011.


  1. ^ "Ireland prop Mike Ross announces retirement". RTE Sport. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Canada 6–25 Ireland". BBC Sport. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ireland make one change for USA". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 

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