Peter Clohessy

Peter Clohessy
Full name Peter Martin Noel Clohessy
Date of birth (1966-03-22) 22 March 1966
Place of birth Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 106 kg
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Young Munster
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1987–2002 Munster 73 (10)
correct as of 12 Oct 2011.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1993–2002 Ireland 54 (20)
correct as of 12 Oct 2011.

Peter Martin Noel Clohessy (born 22 March 1966 in Limerick, Ireland) is a former Irish rugby union footballer. Clohessy played for Munster, Queensland Reds and Ireland. He played as a prop and was known by his fans as "The Claw". He played most of his career at tighthead prop but later switched to loosehead.[1]


Clohessy made his Munster debut against Ulster in 1987.[2] He was part of the Munster team that lost 8-9 to Northampton Saints in the 2000 Heineken Cup Final,[3] and he was again on the losing side when Munster lost 15-9 to Leicester Tigers in the 2002 Heineken Cup Final.[4] This was also Clohessy's last game for Munster, as he retired at the end of the 2001–02 season.


He made his Ireland debut against France in February 1993, during the 1993 Five Nations Championship.[5] His first try for Ireland came against Australia in June 1994.[6] Clohessy missed the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but was selected in Ireland's squad for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. His last appearance for Ireland was against France in the 2002 Six Nations Championship.[7]

Personal life

He formerly owned a pub in Limerick called 'Clohessy's' and an adjoining night club called 'The Sin Bin'. He opened a pub and restaurant Crokers Bar & Restaurant in Murroe, east Limerick. The menu has a Limerick/rugby theme.

In January 2008, Clohessy saved the life of a young girl after she fell from her pony and swallowed her tongue.[8]


  3. "Munster 8-9 Northampton Saints". 27 May 2000. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.
  4. "Leicester Tigers 15-9 Munster". 25 May 2002. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.
  5. "Ireland 6-21 France". 20 February 1993. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.
  6. "Australia 32-18 Ireland". 11 June 1994. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.
  7. "France 44-5 Ireland". 6 April 2002. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.
  8. "Claw the Hero: Rugby star saves girl after horror pony fall". 16 January 2008. Retrieved 12 Oct 2011.

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