Donnacha Ryan

    Donnacha Ryan
    Club / Province: Racing Metro
    Position: Backrow / Lock
    Date of Birth: 11/12/83
    Height: 1.98m
    Weight: 115Kg
    Honours: 47 Ireland Caps Six Nations Debut v Italy 6/2/2010

    Another graduate of the Munster pack, Donnacha has had his best season to date as a Heineken Cup winner with Munster and as part of the IRFU’s High Performance Select Group.

    Capped at Youth and Under-21 levels, the Nenagh man made his Ireland ’A’ bow against England Saxons in 2008.
    A strong lineout operator and big tackler in the loose, he has been an AIB League and Cup winner with Shannon and is equally comfortable in the second row or back row

    He made his Ireland senior debut against Argentina in the summer of 08 and added to his caps tally on the 2009 Irish Summer Tour to north America where he played against Canada and the USA

    Member of 2011 RWC squad

    Donnacha made his RBS 6 Nations bow in Irelands first game of the 2010 tournament against Italy at Croke Park and his first start came against Scotland in 2012

    Fact Box

    • Started in the Munster Academy has represented Ireland at Youth and U21 levels. Senior Munster debut was v Ospreys in the opening game of the 2004/5 season at St Helen's
    • All-Ireland championship winner with Shannon 2006 & Irish Cup winner with them 2008 & 2009
    • Won the Magners League title with Munster 2008/09 and the Magners League Grand Final in 2011
    • Played for Ireland A at the 2008 & 2009 Churchill Cup, winning the trophy the second time
    • Test debut came against Argentina at Croke Park in November 2008
    • Made his RBS 6 Nations bow in Ireland's 1st game of the 2010 tournament against Italy at Croke Park, made his 1st start in the competition against Scotland in round four 2012 when he was named man of the match
    • Has played in Ireland's last 17 tests including starting the last 11 in the second row
    • Has scored just one try for Munster since January 2010, against Scarlets in the PRO12 at Llanelli last April