Mike Ross (rugby union)

For other people named Mike Ross, see Michael Ross (disambiguation).
Mike Ross
Full name Michael Robert Ross
Date of birth (1979-12-21) 21 December 1979
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 127 kilograms (20 st 0 lb)
School St. Colman's College
University University College Cork
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Prop
Current team Leinster
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cork Constitution
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

correct as of 2 Sep 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ireland Wolfhounds
correct as of 25 Jun 2016.

Mike Ross (born 21 December 1979) is an Irish rugby union footballer who plays prop for Irish club Leinster and the Ireland national rugby team.

A robust presence around the pitch and a top class scrummager, Mike Ross made his name playing in the Premiership in England for Harlequins.

The former Cork Constitution player made the move from Munster and played for three years at the highest level in England.

Since his move to Leinster he has featured in a number of Ireland squads and lined out for the Wolfhounds as well as making his debut for the National team on the 2009 Summer tour to Canada and the USA.

Ross later went on to make his Six Nations debut in 2011 against Italy where he made an impressive start against the robust Italian scrummage, since then he has been an ever present the Ireland team sheet. His top class scrummaging was widely regarded as key to Leinster's Heineken Cup & Ireland's World Cup progression to the Quarter Final in 2011.

Club career

After starting his rugby career with Munster, Ross spent 3 years with Harlequins in England before signing for Leinster in 2009. The move back to Irish rugby was seen as a move to bolster his playing opportunities to play international rugby with Ireland. He scored his first ever professional try on April 5, 2013, in an Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter Final victory away to London Wasps.

International career

On 23 May 2009, he made his debut for Ireland against Canada in Vancouver, coming on as a replacement in a 25–6 win.[1] He made his first start in the game against the USA on the 31 May.[2] Ross made his Six Nations debut when he was given the responsibility of leading the scrum against the Italians on 5 February 2011.


  1. "Canada 6–25 Ireland". BBC Sport. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  2. "Ireland make one change for USA". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
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