Luke Marshall

    Luke Marshall
    Club / Province: Ballymena / Ulster
    Position: Centre
    Date of Birth: 3/3/1991
    Height: 1.8m (5'11")
    Weight: 96Kg (15st 1lb)
    Honours: 11 Test caps Debut against Scotland (6 Nations) February 2013

    Luke Marshall was awarded his first professional contract at the start of the 2011/12 season. His form whilst playing for Ballymena in the All Ireland League and whilst representing the Ravens (Ulster A) earned him a call-up to the Ireland U20 squad at the end of the 2011 season where he represented his country with distinction.

    In his early days with Ballymena Academy he played outhalf before switching to centre upon leaving school. Luke started for Ireland in the non-capped game against Fiji in the 2012 November Guinness series and was called into the 2013 Six Nations wider training squad. Luke was named to start against Scotland in February 2013 where he earned his first test cap.

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    - A member of the Ballymena Academy he played for Ballymena in the All-Ireland League ; played out-half in his early career before moving to inside centre

    - Played in Combined Ulster/Leinster U19 team, alongside Paddy Jackson, that opened the new Aviva Stadium in July 2010, scoring two tries

    - Played in British & Irish Cup for Ulster Ravens from the 2009/10 season to date

    - Ulster senior debut was against Munster at Ravenhill in the PRO12 October 2010; has since scored 2 tries for Ulster, both at Ravenhill in the PRO12, against Cardiff Blues and Connacht

    - Ireland U20 debut came against Italy in Parma in the Six Nations 2011, he also appeared against Wales in that campaign

    - Represented Ireland in the IRB Junior World Championships in the summer of 2011 scoring a try against their Scottish counterparts in Rovigo

    - Appeared for Ireland in their non-cap game against Fiji at Thomond Park last November, scoring a try. Returned from injury and selected for Ireland after only 26 first team games for his Province

    - Test Debut came in RBS 6 Nations round 3 game against Scotland at Murrayfield, added a second cap in the draw against France