Niall Ronan

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Niall Ronan
Date of birth (1982-09-14) 14 September 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Pilltown. Co. Meath
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
School Scoil Aonghusa, Drogheda and St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 13 October 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland A
Correct as of 7 August 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 played 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.


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


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 earned 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]


He made his debut for Ireland against Canada on 23 May 2009,[6] starting and finishing the match in a 25–6 win. He earned his second cap a week later against the 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]


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

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