Jamie Heaslip

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Jamie Heaslip
Heaslip playing against Canada during the 2015 World Cup
Full name James Peter Richard Heaslip
Date of birth (1983-12-15) 15 December 1983
Place of birth Tiberias, Israel
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 110 kilograms (17 st 5 lb)
School Newbridge College
University Dublin City University
University College Dublin
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Number 8
Current team Leinster
Playing career
Position Number 8
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Dublin University
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005- Leinster 219 (185)
correct as of 28 May 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009, 2013
Ireland u21
Ireland Wolfhounds
British and Irish Lions

correct as of 26 November 2016.

James Peter Richard "Jamie" Heaslip (born 15 December 1983) is an Irish rugby union player playing for Leinster and Ireland. He plays as a number 8

Early life

Heaslip was born in Tiberias, Israel, while his father, retired Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, was there on duty with UNIFIL. His father was one of the founding officers of the elite Army Ranger Wing (ARW), Ireland's special operation forces. The youngest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister. He attended Newbridge College, in County Kildare. In 2004, he starred in the U-21 World Cup, held in Scotland, where Ireland finished as runners-up to New Zealand. Following his performance, Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award.

Professional career

Heaslip made his Leinster senior debut in the Celtic League in March 2005 where he has since gained 70 official senior games, scoring over 90 points, including 2 tries in the Heineken Cup. The first Irish cap he received was in an autumn series test of 2006 against the Pacific Islands. He had the honour of being the 1000th player to wear the green of Ireland. He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam[1] Heaslip was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He Started all three tests on the Tour. He also was nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year for 2009.[2] Heaslip was named in the first Celtic League Dream Team in 2007[3] and along with Ben Blair and Felipe Contepomi retained his place in 2008,[4] in 2009[5] he became the only player to have been named in all three sides and retained his unique record in 2010.[6] Heaslip was the only try scorer in the Heineken Cup semi-final in which Leinster were defeated 26–16 by the eventual champions Toulouse.

He was sent off for Ireland against New Zealand on 12 June 2010, the first Irish player to be sent off in the professional era, for striking an opposition player (Richie McCaw) with his knee in frustration.[7] He subsequently received a five-week suspension from the International Rugby Board.[8]

Heaslip was selected to captain Ireland against South Africa in the 2012 Autumn Tests, after Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Rory Best were all ruled out through injury.[9][10]

In January 2013, Heaslip was named by Declan Kidney as the new Ireland captain for the 2013 Six Nations Championship, replacing Brian O'Driscoll who had held the role since 2003.[11][12][13]

In April 2013, he was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Heaslip was succeeded as captain by the retiring Paul O'Connell for 2015, but was still selected for the 2015 Rugby World Cup as a regular starter. Heaslip was nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year in 2016, winning the award for Try of the Year that same year.

Personal life

In September 2014 he bought " Bellamy's " Pub in Ballsbridge with Leinster team mates Rob Kearney, David Kearney and Seán O'Brien. After an extensive refurbishment it was reopened as "The Bridge 1859".[14][15]



British and Irish Lions




  1. Roberts, Gareth (22 March 2009). "2009 Six Nations". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  2. "British & Irish Lions tour squad announced". The British and Irish Lions official website. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  3. "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 11 May 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  4. "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 25 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  5. "Magners League 'Dream Team' 2008/09 announced". 21 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  6. "Grand Finalists dominate 'Dream Team'". 28 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  7. "New Zealand 66–28 Ireland". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  8. "Ireland's Jamie Heaslip handed five-week kneeing ban". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  9. "Heaslip To Captain Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  10. "Pressure increases on Declan Kidney as limp second half exposes Ireland's limitations". Irish Independent. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  11. "Jamie Heaslip takes over Six Nations captaincy as O'Driscoll era ends". Irish Independent. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  12. "Heaslip gets nod over O'Driscoll as Irish captain". BBC Sport. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  13. "Ireland coach Declan Kidney retains Jamie Heaslip as captain for Six Nations as Brian O'Driscoll nears exit". Daily Telegraph. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  14. "Opening the bridge: Irish rugby players Rob & Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien open Dublin pub The Bridge 1859 today". evoke.ie. 25 September 2014.
  15. "The Bar is Now Open – Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip officially open 'The Bridge 1859' in Ballsbridge". evoke.ie. 2 October 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian O'Driscoll
Ireland captain
Succeeded by
Paul O'Connell
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