Donncha O'Callaghan


Donncha O'Callaghan
Donncha O'Callaghan
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O'Callaghan playing for Munster.
Full name Donncha O'Callaghan
Date of birth 24 March 1979 (1979-03-24) (age 32)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 17 st 9 lb (112 kg)
School Christians Brothers College, Cork
University CIT
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cork Con
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–present Munster 185 (40)
correct as of 20 Nov 2011.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–present
2005, 2009
Ireland
Lions
80
4
(5)
(0)
correct as of 09 Oct 2011.

Donncha O'Callaghan (born March 24, 1979) is an Irish rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock for Munster and Ireland.

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Rugby career

Early career

He began his rugby education in Highfield Rugby Club, on the Model Farm Road in Cork. During the 1997/98 season he won a Schools Senior Cup with the Christian Brothers College, Cork, beating St. Munchins College, Limerick (a team including Jerry Flannery and Jeremy Staunton) in the final at Musgrave Park. The same year, he also played for the Irish Schoolboys team. The following year he was part of the U-19 World Championship winning team, along with Brian O'Driscoll and Paddy Wallace.

International career

He made his international debut for Ireland coming on as a replacement against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in March 2003.

He was chosen by Sir Clive Woodward both for the northern-hemisphere side in the IRB Rugby Aid Match at Twickenham and for the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand. He also played in two of the tests, after the injury to Malcolm O'Kelly, the suspension of Danny Grewcock, and the disappointing game that Ben Kay had in the first test.

He featured in all three November 2005 Tests for Ireland when Paul O'Connell was injured.

He scored his first international try against France in the 43 – 31 loss in Paris in the 2006 Six Nations tournament.

He was part of the Irish Team which won the Grand Slam in the 2009 Six Nations. On 21 April 2009, it was announced that O'Callaghan was to be a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa, and captained the Lions against the Southern Kings on the 16 June in their final tour match before the first Test against South Africa.[1][2]

O'Callaghan featured in all of Ireland's tests in the 2009 November Tests, the 2010 Six Nations, the 2010 Summer Tests, the 2010 November Tests and the 2011 Six Nations. He was selected in Ireland's training squad for the 2011 World Cup warm-ups in August, and was included in the 30-man squad to go to New Zealand.

O'Callaghan has a reputation as joker among the Munster and Irish Rugby squads,[3] once attempting to participate in a line-out during a match with Cardiff Blues whilst wearing no shorts (the referee eventually insisted O'Callaghan replace his shorts before allowing the line-out to take place).[4]

Munster

He was part of the Munster team that won the Heineken European Cup in 2006, scoring a try in the away win in Castres in their pool game. Munster went on to win the Cup in Cardiff. He scored a try after a 55m run in their first game of their Heineken Cup defence against Leicester at Welford Road. He scored another try against Bourgoin at Thomond Park in their first home game since winning the Heineken cup. O'Callaghan was also a part of the Munster team which won the 2008 Heineken Cup final in Cardiff. On 11 November 2010, O'Callaghan committed his future to the province when he signed a new three-year contract.[5]

He was part of the Munster team that won the Magners League in the 2008/09 season, and again in the 2010/11 season.

Personal life

O'Callahgan attended the Christian Brothers College, Cork. He is the cousin of the former Cork City F.C. footballer George O'Callaghan.

On December 23, 2009, O'Callaghan married his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Harte, at St. Columba's Church in Douglas, Cork.[6]

In August 2010, O'Callaghan's wife gave birth to their first child, a baby girl called Sophie.

O'Callaghan has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since July 2009 [7] and has made visits to both South Africa [8] and Haiti,[9] with UNICEF.

References

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