Victor Costello

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Victor Costello
Birth nameVictor Costello
Date of birth (1970-10-23) 23 October 1970 (age 48)
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
SchoolBlackrock College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Blindside flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992–1994
1994-1996/1997-2005
Blackrock College
St. Mary's College
()
Correct as of 11 July 2014
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–1997 London Irish 8 (5)
Correct as of 11 July 2014
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–1995
1995-1996/1997-2005
Connacht
Leinster

121

(80)
Correct as of 11 July 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2004 Ireland 39 (20)
Correct as of 11 July 2014

Victor Carton Patrick Costello (born 23 October 1970) is a retired Irish rugby union player and Olympic shot-putter.[1][2]

Athletics career[edit]

Costello is a former five-time Irish shot put champion;[3] he finished in 22nd place at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1][4][3]

Rugby career[edit]

Playing senior rugby throughout the 1990s until his retirement in 2005,[4] Costello's rugby career with Leinster and Ireland straddled the amateur and professional eras. He was part of the Irish team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup,[1] and also had spells with Connacht and London Irish.[5]

Irish Rugby player file[edit]

  • Official Leinster caps: 126
  • Points scored: 80 (16 tries)
  • Celtic League/Cup caps: 38 (5 tries)
  • Heineken Cup caps: 57 (5 tries)
  • Senior debut: Friendly, 46–11 win v Natal XV at Anglesea Road, 25 October 1995
  • Heineken Cup debut: 24–21 win v Milan in Italy, 1 November 1995
  • Ireland caps: 39 (January 1996 – 2004)
  • Ireland points: 20 (4 tries)
  • Ireland "A" caps: 9
  • Ireland Under-21 caps: 2
  • Ireland Schools caps: 4
  • Leinster Under-20/21 caps: 1

Other work and family[edit]

Costello provides TV and radio analysis for RTÉ Sport on field events in major athletics championships, including the 2012 London Olympics.[6][7][8] He also works as a pilot for Ryan Air,[9] and is a committee member of the rugby sevens club, Shamrock Warriors.[10] His sister Suzanne is an Irish international hockey player, sprinter and director of the Samaritans (Charity).[11] His father Paddy ('Butch') was also a shot putter and Irish International rugby player, playing second row.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Victor Costello Sports-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Irish Olympic Throwers". Irish Throwers Club.
  3. ^ a b "I was breaking my ass for 10 years in the shot put and then something like that happens". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b Costello to retire at end of the season RTÉ Support, 16 March 2005
  5. ^ a b "Leinster's Costello to retire". BreakingNews.ie. 16 March 2005.
  6. ^ RTÉ to provide 13 hours a day of coverage from London 2012 Irish Times, 13 July 2012
  7. ^ Let the Games Begin as RTÉ announces 2,300 hours of Olympic coverage RTÉ Sport, 12 July 2012
  8. ^ RTÉ Sport Kicks Off RBS 6 Nations Coverage RTÉ Sport, 3 February 2011
  9. ^ "Helping to tackle a new career". Irish Times. 10 October 2009.(subscription required)
  10. ^ "Ireland take first step on the 7s ladder". Scrum Queens. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Victor Costello's sister becomes charity director". BreakingNews.ie. 28 March 2007.

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