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 5 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)
2014
2010
Emerging Ireland
Ireland U20
2
10
((10)
(5))
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. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nine Contract Extensions Agreed". munsterrugby.ie. 3 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. 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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