Donncha O'Callaghan

    Donncha O'Callaghan
    Club / Province: Cork Con / Munster
    Position: Lock
    Date of Birth: 23/3/79
    Height: 1.98m
    Weight: 110Kg
    Honours: 94 Ireland Caps Test Debut 2003 v Wales

    Donnacha made his international debut in 2003 against Wales and has steadily improved with each outing. The lively character has been ever present in the Munster pack since 2001 and was part of their 06 and 08 Heineken Cup winning teams. A tough lock forward with an abrasive playing style, O’Callaghan is an excellent lineout jumper and solid in the scrum. As well as that, he offers extra carrying options in the loose. First capped for Ireland schools in 1997 O’Callaghan went on to win the FIRA Under 19 World Youth Championship in 1998 before gaining U21 & U25 honours. O’Callaghan toured New Zealand in 2005 with the Lions earning 2 caps.

    O'Callaghans fine form continued and he was ever-present in Munster's 2006 & 2008 European Cup winning seasons. His form carried through into Ireland's 2008/9 Grand Slam season where he partnered his munster buddy Paul O'Connell throughout the campaign.
    O'Callaghan played a part in all three Irish Autumn test series games against Australia, Fiji and South Africa in November 2009 and although he missed Ireland's opening two test of the 2010 against Italy and France, he returned to the starting XV against England

    Member of 2011 RWC squad

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    • Played in three All-Ireland Championship finals for Cork Constitution, winning in 1999. Senior Munster debut was against Ulster at Ravenhill in Interprovincial Championship in September 1998
    • Won numerous titles with his province: Celtic League final 2003; Celtic Cup final 2005; two Heineken Cup winners medals in 2006 & 2008; Magners League title 2008/9 and Magners League Grand Final 2011
    • Part of the Declan Kidney coached Ireland U19 team that won the World Championship in 1998, Older brother Ullan was capped for Ireland U21
    • Represented Ireland U21 in 1999 at SANZAR championship in Argentina, and 2000 at the U21 Six Nations
    • Ireland senior debut came in the RBS 6 Nations game against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in March 2003, his only test try to date was against France in Paris during the 2006 RBS 6 Nations
    • Missed out being named in the matchday squad just twice in Ireland's last 44 RBS 6 Nations games, and that was due to injury at the start of the 2010 campaign
    • Toured with British & Irish Lions in 2005 to New Zealand and 2009 to South Africa, playing in 4 tests
    • Has played in Ireland's last 21 tests; he is now Ireland most capped lock