Tommy O'Donnell

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Tommy O'Donnell
Full name Thomas O'Donnell
Date of birth (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 12 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Back-Row
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–present Munster 139 ((75))
Correct as of 23 April 2017
Current local club UL Bohemians
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2013–present
2014
2014
Ireland U20
Ireland
Ireland Wolfhounds
Emerging Ireland
3
12
1
3
((0)
(10)
(0)
(5))
Correct as of 19 March 2016

Tommy O'Donnell (born 21 May 1987 in Cahir, Tipperary, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player for Munster in the Pro 12 and European Rugby Champions Cup. He normally plays as an Flanker, but has also played at Number 8. O'Donnell plays for UL Bohemians R.F.C. in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.

Early life[edit]

O'Donnell began playing rugby for Clanwilliam Rugby Club at an underage level, before progressing to senior level. He also played for East Munster and Irish Youths whilst at Clanwilliam.

Munster[edit]

O'Donnell made his Munster debut against Scarlets on 22 September 2007, during a Celtic League fixture.[1] He was part of the historic Munster team that beat Australia 15–6 at Thomond Park on 16 November 2010.[2] He made his Heineken Cup debut off the bench during Munster's 19–13 victory against Scarlets on 18 December 2011.[3]

He signed a new two-year contract with Munster in March 2012.[4] O'Donnell made his first Heineken Cup start in the quarter-final against Ulster on 8 April 2012.[5] He was named Munster Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season, following in the footsteps of teammates Donnacha Ryan, James Coughlan, Mick O'Driscoll, David Wallace, John Hayes and Ronan O'Gara.[6]

O'Donnell signed a new contract with Munster in November 2013 which will see him remain with the province until June 2016.[7] He made his return from a knee injury sustained in September 2013 for Munster A on 6 December 2013.[8]

He was nominated for the 2015 Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year Award in April 2015.[9] O'Donnell won his 100th cap for Munster on 25 April 2015, scoring a try in the 30-19 win against Treviso and winning the Man-of-the-Match award.[10] He was named in the 2014–15 Pro12 Dream Team, alongside teammate CJ Stander.[11] In December 2015, O'Donnell signed a three-year contract with Munster.[12] On 27 December 2015, O'Donnell made his return from the injury he sustained during the World Cup with Ireland, coming off the bench against Leinster during a 2015–16 Pro12 game.[13]

On 3 September 2016, O'Donnell won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's win against Scarlets in the opening round of the 2016–17 Pro12.[14] On 11 November 2016, O'Donnell captained Munster for the first time and led them to a historic 27-14 win against the Māori All Blacks.[15]

Ireland[edit]

O'Donnell has been capped for Ireland at U-18 and U-20 grades. He was part of the U-20 Grand Slam winning team in 2007.

He received his first senior call-up on 21 January 2013, when he was drafted into Ireland's 2013 Six Nations Championship training squad.[16] O'Donnell made his debut for Ireland Wolfhounds on 25 January 2013, starting in the friendly against England Saxons.[17] He was added to Ireland's Six Nations squad for the fixture against Scotland on 18 February 2013.[18]

O'Donnell was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Ireland tour to North America on 19 May 2013.[19] He made his debut for the senior Ireland team on 8 June 2013, coming on as a replacement against the USA.[20] O'Donnell made his first start for Ireland against Canada on 15 June 2013, also scoring his first try for Ireland in the game.[21]

O'Donnell started for Ireland Wolfhounds in their friendly against England Saxons on 25 January 2014.[22] On 27 January 2014, O'Donnell was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[23] He came off the bench against Scotland on 2 February 2014.[24] O'Donnell came off the bench against Wales on 8 February 2014.[25] O'Donnell was selected in the Emerging Ireland squad on 26 May 2014.[26] He started against Russia in their first 2014 IRB Nations Cup match on 13 June 2014, scoring a try.[27] O'Donnell started in their second game against Uruguay on 18 June 2014.[28] He 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.[29]

O'Donnell was named in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Guinness Series on 21 October 2014.[30] He came off the bench during the 29-15 win against South Africa on 8 November 2014.[31] O'Donnell started in the 49-7 win against Georgia on 16 November 2014.[32]

He was named in the Ireland squad for the opening rounds of the 2015 Six Nations Championship on 1 February 2015.[33] He started against Italy on 7 February 2015, scoring a try in Ireland's 26-3 win.[34] He came off the bench in the 19-9 win against England on 1 March 2015.[35] England's failure to score enough points against France meant Ireland won the 2015 Six Nations Championship, the first time Ireland have won back-to-back championships since 1948-49.[36]

O'Donnell was named in the 45-man training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 24 June 2015.[37] He started in the first World Cup warm-up against Wales on 8 August 2015, but went off injured in the second half.[38] On 10 August 2015, it was confirmed that O'Donnell had dislocated his hip, requiring a minimum of 6 weeks non-weight bearing activity, effectively ruling him out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. [39]

On 20 January 2016, O'Donnell was named in Ireland's 35-man squad for the 2016 Six Nations.[40] On 7 February 2016, O'Donnell started against Wales in Ireland's opening match of the Six Nations.[41] On 13 February 2016, O'Donnell came off the bench against France to replace Seán O'Brien after he went off injured.[42] On 23 January 2017, O'Donnell was named in the Ireland squad for the opening two rounds of the 2017 Six Nations Championship.[43]

Personal life[edit]

On 24 June 2016, O'Donnell married Elisse O'Grady in Kenmare, County Kerry.[44][45]

Honours[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Emerging Ireland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munster See Off Scarlets". munsterrugby.ie. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Class of 2010 Excel". munsterrugby.ie. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Munster Complete The Scarlets Job". munsterrugby.ie. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ryan Signs on For Two More Years". munsterrugby.ie. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "First Heineken Cup Starts For Sherry & O'Donnell". munsterrugby.ie. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tommy O'Donnell Named Munster Player of the Year". munsterrugby.ie. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "O'Donnell Signs Contract Extension". munsterrugby.ie. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Munster A's Lose In Plymouth". munsterrugby.ie. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nominations In For Munster Rugby Awards". munsterrugby.ie. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Munster Make Home Advantage Count". munsterrugby.ie. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Stander & O'Donnell Make PRO12 Dream Team". munsterrugby.ie. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "O'Donnell Commits To Munster". munsterrugby.ie. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Leinster Take The Spoils At Thomond". munsterrugby.ie. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Gutsy Win For Munster". munsterrugby.ie. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Magnificent Munster Conquer Maoris". munsterrugby.ie. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Seven Players Added To Training Squad". irishrugby.ie. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Wolfhounds Lose Grip on First Half Lead". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "O'Donnell Called into National Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ireland Squads Announced For Summer Tours". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "O'Mahony Leads Young Guns To Victory in Tour Opener". irishrugby.ie. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "McFadden Hat-Trick Helps Ireland Surge Clear of Canada". irishrugby.ie. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Wolfhounds Hold On For Hard-Fought Victory". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "34-Man Ireland Squad Named". irishrugby.ie. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Three-Try Ireland Take Positive First Steps". irishrugby.ie. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Terrific Display Sees Ireland Dominate Wales". irishrugby.ie. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "9 Players In Emerging Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Emerging Ireland Hammer Russia In Nations Cup Opener". irishrugby.ie. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Emerging Ireland Enjoy Back-To-Back Bonus Point Wins". irishrugby.ie. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Emerging Ireland Are Nations Cup Champions". irishrugby.ie. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Ireland Name 37 Man Squad For Guinness Series". irishrugby.ie. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  31. ^ "Clinical Ireland Claim Springbok Scalp". irishrugby.ie. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  32. ^ "Ireland Outgun Georgia With Six-Try Second Half Salvo". irishrugby.ie. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Ireland Name 38-Man Squad For Six Nations Opening Rounds". irishrugby.ie. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  34. ^ "Murray And O'Donnell Tries Steer Ireland To Rome Win". irishrugby.ie. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  35. ^ "Henshaw's First Try Sees Ireland Overcome England". irishrugby.ie. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  36. ^ "Thrilling Title Finish Sees Ireland Crowned Champions Again". irishrugby.ie. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  37. ^ "9 Munster Players Ireland Training Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  38. ^ "Ireland Win Opening Warm-Up Clash In Cardiff". irishrugby.ie. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  39. ^ "O'Donnell Ruled Out Of Rugby World Cup With Hip Injury". irishrugby.ie. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  40. ^ "Ireland Squad Named For Opening Rounds Of RBS Six Nations". irishrugby.ie. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  41. ^ "Ireland And Wales Play Out Pulsating Draw In Dublin". irishrugby.ie. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  42. ^ "Ireland Suffer First Loss To France Since 2011". irishrugby.ie. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  43. ^ "13 Munster Players In Ireland Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  44. ^ "Ireland rugby star Tommy O'Donnell weds gorgeous bride Elisse O'Grady". independent.ie. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  45. ^ "Tommy O'Donnell determined to earn Ireland recall". irishexaminer.com. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 

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