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Famous Rugby Players from Ireland

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List of notable or famous rugby players from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top rugby players born in Ireland and even some popular rugby players who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish rugby players then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rugby players are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rugby player from Ireland is included when available.

David Humphreys and Brian O'Driscoll are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic rugby players from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish rugby players of note?" and "Who are the most famous rugby players from Ireland?" These prominent rugby players of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish rugby players.

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  • Brian Gerard O'Driscoll (born 21 January 1979) is a retired Irish professional rugby union player. He played at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster and for Ireland. He captained Ireland from 2003 until 2012, and captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. He is regarded by critics as one of the greatest rugby players of all time.O'Driscoll is the second most-capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 test matches: 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the British and Irish Lions. He scored 46 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rugby. He is the 8th-highest...  more
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • David Humphreys MBE (born 10 September 1971) is a retired rugby union player. He played 72 times for Ireland, scoring 560 points, including 6 tries, and at the time of his international retirement was Ireland's most capped outhalf. He played his club rugby for Ulster, captaining Ulster to victory in the 1998-99 Heineken Cup. He has also had a successful coaching career with Ulster Rugby and has recently signed for Gloucester Rugby....  more
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Eric Miller (born 23 September 1975) is a former Irish rugby union and Gaelic football player. As a rugby player Miller played for, among others Old Wesley, Leicester Tigers, Ulster, Leinster, the Barbarians, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. After retiring as a rugby player, Miller switched football codes and went on to play Gaelic football for Dublin....  more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    Hugo MacNeill

    Hugh Patrick MacNeill (born 16 September 1958), commonly known as Hugo MacNeill, was a rugby union player who played for Ireland, Leinster, the French Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions during the 1980s. During the late 1970s he also played association football for University College Dublin and Dublin University. After retiring from sport, MacNeill went onto serve as a director for Goldman Sachs. He has also worked as a rugby pundit for TV3 and BBC Radio 5 Live....  more
    • Age: 62