Shane Layden

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Shane Layden
Date of birth (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School Cistercian College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Current team Ireland 7s
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2015 Connacht 4 (0)
Correct as of 11 February 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland u20
Ireland 7s
5 (15)
Correct as of 11 Feb 2015

Shane Layden (born 9 September 1992) is a rugby union player from Ireland. He has played as a fullback, in the centre and on the wing. Layden currently plays for the Irish sevens team, having previously played professionally with provincial team Connacht Rugby in the Pro12. Layden plays his club rugby for Buccaneers.


Layden is a graduate of Cistercian College in Roscrea.[1] He also played Gaelic football at inter-county minor (under-18) level for Roscommon.


Layden joined the Connacht academy for the 2011–12 season. Layden had previously been part of a combined Connacht/Munster side that played against a Leinster/Ulster selection in an Under-20 match to open the Aviva Stadium in 2010.[2] He was part of the Connacht team that won the Under-20 Interprovincial Championship in 2011, and scored a hat-trick of tries in the game against Munster. Layden made his senior Connacht debut on 8 October 2011, coming on in a 2011–12 Pro12 match as a replacement against Leinster.[3]

Layden's next two seasons were hampered by injuries, and although he featured for the second tier team, the Connacht Eagles, in the British and Irish Cup, Layden did not play for the senior side again during his time in the academy. At the end of the 2013–14 season, Layden had completed the maximum three years in the academy. Despite his injury problems, Connacht decided to offer Layden a further one-year contract, which saw him become a member of the senior team for the 2014–15 season.[4][5] Layden made three appearances in the 2014–15 Pro12, starting against Newport Gwent Dragons and Ospreys, and coming on as a replacement against Cardiff Blues.[6] Layden left Connacht at the end of the season.[7]

Layden now plays with Buccaneers in the All-Ireland League.



Layden represented Ireland internationally at under-age level. He played for the Ireland Under-20s in the 2012 Under 20 Six Nations. Layden started in all five games, and sscored tries against Wales, Italy and Scotland.[8] Layden was also initially named to the Ireland Under-20 squad for the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship, but injury forced him to miss the tournament, and he was replaced by his fellow Connacht academy member Conor Finn.[9]


In 2015 Layden left Connacht and his international focus switched to the sevens game.[7] He represented Ireland at the 2015 European Olympic repechage competition in Lisbon, at which Ireland finished third. This was a good enough result for Ireland to be entered into the World Olympic repechage competition. This competition, played in 2016, offered an opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, but Ireland lost to Spain in the quarterfinal and failed to qualify.[10]

Layden was part of Ireland's 2017 training squad for the national sevens team.[11] Layden, however, did not earn a spot on the twelve-man roster for any of the four tournaments on the 2017 Sevens Grand Prix Series.


  1. ^ "Connacht Choose Academy Line-Up". Irish Rugby. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leinster/Ulster cut loose as Aviva opens in spectacular try fest". Irish Examiner. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Connacht Squad Index: Shane Layden". Guinness PRO12. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Connacht complete 2014/15 recruitment with signing of Niyi Adeolokun". The Score. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ireland U20 centre Peter Robb one of five new recruits in Connacht academy". The Score. 24 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. Fullback Shane Layden has completed his three years in the Academy, but has been re-contracted for a further season due to his injury problems during the 2013/14 campaign. The former Ireland U20 international will be part of Pat Lam’s senior squad next season. 
  6. ^ "Connacht Squad Index: Shane Layden". Pro12. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Versatile back Shane Layden takes up offer to join Ireland Sevens squad from Connacht". 21 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ireland U20 Squad Profiles: Shane Layden". Irish Rugby. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Carty and Finn called up to Ireland U20 World Cup squad". Westmeath Independent. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2014. Finn replaces Buccaneers team-mate Shane Layden whose injury, unfortunately, did not recover in time to enable the exciting full-back/wing to travel. 
  10. ^ "Ireland Men Qualify For Olympic Repechage With Third Place Finish". Irish Rugby. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ireland Men's Sevens Training Squad Announced",, 4 May 2017.
  1. ^ "Ireland Men's Sevens Squad Finalised For Olympic Repechage". 15 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.