Patrick Butler

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Paddy Butler
Full name Patrick Butler
Date of birth (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)
School Rockwell College
University University of Limerick
Rugby union career
Position(s) Back-Row
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–15
2015–present
Munster
Pau
64
50
(35)
(15)
Correct as of 27 March 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2014
Ireland U20
Emerging Ireland
10
2
(5)
(10)
Correct as of 11 February 2015

Patrick 'Paddy' Butler (born 1 December 1990 in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player, currently playing for French side Pau in the Top 14. His plays in the Back-Row as either a Number 8 or a Blind-side flanker.

Early years[edit]

He was the captain of Rockwell College in the Munster Senior Cup in 2008, having also played senior schools rugby in 2007.

Munster[edit]

Butler is on a full development contract with Munster after being promoted from an academy contract for the 2010/2011 season. He made his debut against Connacht on 27 December 2010.[1] He won the Man-of-the-Match award in the 2011–12 British and Irish Cup Final, helping Munster A to a 31-12 win over Cross Keys.[2]

He made his Heineken Cup debut on 13 October 2012, in Munster's opening fixture away to Racing Métro 92. Butler agreed a contract extension with Munster in January 2013.[3] He scored his first try for Munster on 19 April 2013, in a Pro 12 against Newport Gwent Dragons.[4]

Butler suffered a broken thumb during Munster's game against Edinburgh in October 2013, ruling him out for 8–10 weeks.[5] He returned from the injury in Munster's game against Connacht on 27 December 2013.[6][7]

Butler scored the winning try in Munster's 24-28 away win against Cardiff Blues on 1 November 2014.[8] On 30 January 2015, it was announced that Butler would leave Munster at the end of the 2014-15 season, after deciding not to renew his contract.[9]

Section Paloise[edit]

Butler will join French Top 14 side Pau for the 2015-16 season.

Ireland[edit]

He has represented Ireland at underage levels up to U-20. Butler played for Ireland at the U-20 Rugby World Cup in Argentina in June 2010.[10][11] Butler previously played for Ireland U-18. Butler was called into the senior Ireland squad for their warm-up game against the Barbarians on 29 May 2012 in Gloucester.[12]

Butler was selected in the Emerging Ireland squad on 26 May 2014.[13] He started in their second game against Uruguay on 18 June 2014, scoring two tries.[14] Butler came off the bench in the 31-10 win Romania on 22 June 2014, a win that secured the 2014 IRB Nations Cup for Emerging Ireland.[15]

Honours[edit]

Emerging Ireland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munster Tough It Out". munsterrugby.ie. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Munster Prove Too Strong". munsterrugby.ie. 27 April 2012. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nine Contract Extensions Agreed". munsterrugby.ie. 3 January 2013. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Close Run Affair In Rodney Parade". munsterrugby.ie. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Paddy Butler ruled out as Zebo injury adds to Munster woe". independent.ie. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Penney Rings The Changes For Connacht". munsterrugby.ie. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hanrahan Stars As Munster 8 Points Clear". munsterrugby.ie. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Munster Scrape Win In Arms Park". munsterrugby.ie. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Contract Update". munsterrugby.ie. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ruddock leads unchanged side for opener". irishtimes.com. 2 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Irish out to hit English and semis". herald.ie. 9 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ireland call for reds duo". irishindependent.ie. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "9 Players In Emerging Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 26 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Emerging Ireland Enjoy Back-To-Back Bonus Point Wins". irishrugby.ie. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Emerging Ireland Are Nations Cup Champions". irishrugby.ie. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

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