Niall Ronan

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Niall Ronan
Date of birth (1982-09-14) 14 September 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Pilltown. Co. Meath
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lbs)
School Scoil Aonghusa, Drogheda and St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Delvin RFC
Boyne RFC
Shannon RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–07
2007–14
Leinster
Munster
37
104
(35)
(80)
correct as of 13 Oct 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–11
2008–10
Ireland
Ireland A
4
6
(0)
(0)
correct as of 7 Aug 2011.

Niall Ronan (born 14 September 1982 in Pilltown, Meath) is a retired Irish rugby union player, who played for Leinster, Munster and Ireland during his career. He plays as a Flanker.

Early years[edit]

Ronan grew up playing Gaelic football and represented Meath GAA in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. He won the Senior Schools Leinster Championships in 2000 with St. Mary's, Drogheda.

Leinster[edit]

Switching from football to rugby, he played at underage level for Leinster and Ireland, and spent four seasons with Leinster.

Munster[edit]

He moved to Munster in 2007, and made his debut against Scarlets in September of that year.[1] He was in the Munster team that beat Leinster to win the 2011 Magners League Grand Final.[2]

A knee injury sustained in Munster's Heineken Cup Round 5 clash with Castres Olympique ruled Ronan out for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[3] He signed a new two-year contract with Munster in March 2012.[4]

Ronan earnt his 100th cap for Munster on 3 May 2013, coming on against Zebre in a Pro 12 fixture. On 30 April 2014, it was announced that Ronan was retiring from rugby due to a knee injury sustained in October 2013.[5]

Ireland[edit]

He made his debut for Ireland against Canada on 23 May 2009,[6] starting and finishing the match in a 25–6 win. He earnt his second cap a week later against USA. He was called up to the squad for the 2010 Summer Tour as a replacement for Kevin McLaughlin and played against the Barbarians, New Zealand Māori and Australia.[7]

Ronan also played for Ireland against Scotland in a 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-up on 6 August 2011.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munster See Off Scarlets". munsterrugby.ie. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Munster Crowned Magners League Champions". munsterrugby.ie. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Niall Ronan Gone For The Season". munsterrugby.ie. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ryan Signs On For Two More Years". munsterrugby.ie. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ronan Forced To Retire". munsterrugby.ie. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kidney Takes Positives From Winning Start". irishrugby.ie. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ireland Team To Play Australia". irishrugby.ie. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ireland Team To Play Scotland". irishrugby.ie. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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