Peter Stringer

Peter Stringer
Stringer warming up with Munster.
Full name Peter Alexander Stringer
Date of birth (1977-12-13) 13 December 1977
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 73 kg (11 st 7 lb)
School Presentation Brothers College, Cork
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Shannon RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Saracens (loan)
Newcastle (loan)
correct as of 16 November 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 14 Jun 2013.

Peter Alexander Stringer (born 13 December 1977 in Cork, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player who plays at scrum-half for Sale. He is 1.70m (5' 7") tall and weighs in at just over 72 kg (11 st 5 lb).[1]

Club career


Stringer made his Munster debut against Ulster on 3 October 1998, in an Irish Inter-Provincial Championship game.[2] He made his Heineken Cup debut for Munster against Perpignan on 10 October 1998.[3]

He was Munster's first-choice scrum-half for the 2000 Heineken Cup Final against Northampton Saints, a game which Munster lost 8–9.[4] Stringer was again at scrum-half for Munster in the 2002 Heineken Cup Final against Leicester Tigers, which Leicester won 15–9.[5] This game also involved the infamous 'Hand of Back' incident, in which Neil Back, the Leicester flanker, knocked the ball out of Stringer's hands during his put-in to a Munster scrum near the Leicester try-line, ultimately denying Munster any chance of a comeback .

Stringer's first silverware with Munster came in February 2003, when they secured the 2002–03 Celtic League.[6] He was also Munster's scrum-half when they beat Llanelli Scarlets to win the Celtic Cup in May 2005.[7][8]

Stringer played a key role for Munster during the 2005–06 Heineken Cup, helping the team reach their third final. Before the 2006 Heineken Cup Final, Stringer was criticised for not scoring enough tries. During the final, he saw that Biarritz's scrum-half, Dimitri Yachvili, was out of position, and Stringer quickly scored Munster's second try , helping to secure a 23–19 win, and Munster's first Heineken Cup.[9]

During the 2007–08 Heineken Cup, Stringer lost his place in the Munster team to Tomas O'Leary. He was on the bench for Munster's 16–13 win over Toulouse in the 2008 Heineken Cup Final, but did not come on.

He was part of the Munster team that won the 2008–09 Celtic League,[10] and was on the bench when Munster won the 2011 Celtic League Grand Final, beating rivals and newly crowned Heineken Cup Champions Leinster 19–9 in Thomond Park.[11]

During the 2010–11 season, Stringer also became Munster's most capped player ever, overtaking the record previously held by Alan Quinlan. He achieved the feat when he came on as a substitute in Munster's Celtic League victory against Leinster on 2 April 2011.

On 27 March 2012, while still on loan with Newcastle, Stringer signed a deal to extend his Munster contract by one year.[12]

Loan to Saracens

On 3 December 2011, it was announced that Stringer would join Aviva Premiership side Saracens on a three-month loan.[13][14] He officially joined up with Saracens on 5 December 2011.[15] He made his debut for Saracens in their Heineken Cup pool fixture against Ospreys on 10 December 2011.[16][17] He made his first appearance in the Aviva Premiership for Saracens against Harlequins on 27 December 2011. He scored his first try for the club in the Anglo-Welsh Cup game against Worcester Warriors on 29 January 2012. Stringer's last game for Saracens was against Northampton Saints on 4 March 2012.

Loan to Newcastle

Munster confirmed on 23 February 2012 that Stringer would join another Aviva Premiership side, Newcastle Falcons, on loan immediately after the conclusion of his loan at Saracens, and would be there until the end of the 2011–12 season.[18] He joined up with the club officially on 13 March 2012.[19] Stringer made his debut for Newcastle on 23 March 2012, against Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. He scored his first try for Newcastle in his last game for the club, during the relegation-decider against London Wasps, which Newcastle won 14–10.


It was announced on 21 January 2013 that Stringer would return to the Aviva Premiership for a third time, this time on loan with Bath Rugby as cover for injured first-choice scrum-half Michael Claassens.[20] He scored two tries on his debut with Bath.[21] Stringer agreed an extension to his loan deal with Bath in March 2013, which will see him stay with the side until the end of the 2012–13 season.[22] It was announced on 9 April 2013 that Stringer had signed a one-year contract with Bath, which saw him join the club as a full-time player from the 2013–14 season.[23] Stringer signed a new one-year contract with Bath in March 2014.[24]

Sale Sharks

On 19 May 2015, it was announced Stringer had signed a one-year deal with Sale Sharks.[25][26] In February 2016, Stringer signed a one-year contract extension with Sale.[27] In April 2016, Stringer was named the Sale Sharks Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season.[28]

International career


Stringer watches over a Ronan O'Gara kick against Scotland

In February 2000, Stringer made his debut for Ireland against Scotland in the 2000 Six Nations Championship.[29] Between then and 2006, he appeared in 76 out of Ireland's 85 matches. He quickly became known for his ability to take down larger players, especially with one handed "Ankle taps" , and game changing moments.

Stringer was part of the Ireland teams that won the Six Nations Triple Crown in 2004,[30] 2006,[31] and 2007[32]

On 14 March 2009, Stringer put in a Man-of-the-Match performance for Ireland against Scotland during the 2009 Six Nations Championship. Losing 12–9 at half-time in Murrayfield, Stringer made a break and passed to Jamie Heaslip, who scored a match-turning try that eventually saw Ireland win 15–22.[33] A week later, Stringer came off the bench during Ireland's final 2009 Six Nations game against Wales. In the dying minutes of the game, Stringer passed the ball from a ruck to Ronan O'Gara, who then scored the drop-goal that won Ireland's first Grand Slam since 1948.[34]

Stringer was selected in Ireland's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup,[35] and played in all five of Ireland's games at the tournament.[36] He was also in the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad,[37] but only played in two pool games at the tournament.[38] Stringer was included in Ireland's squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-ups in August,[39] but did not feature in any of the warm-up tests and was not selected in the final 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.


On 12 August 2000, Stringer played for the Barbarians against Germany.[40] He was invited to play for the side again, this time playing against Australia on 26 November 2011.[41]

Personal life

Stringer married Debbie O’Leary in the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church in Plaza de la Iglesia in the old town of Marbella, Spain, on 9 June 2015.[42][43]

See also


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  2. "Munster Rugby 31–9 Ulster Rugby". 3 October 1998. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. "Perpignan 41–24 Munster Rugby". 10 October 1998. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  4. "Munster Rugby 8–9 Northampton Saints". 27 May 2000. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  5. "Leicester Tigers 15–9 Munster Rugby". 25 May 2002. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  6. "Victory! – Munster Crowned Celtic League Champions". 1 February 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  7. "Munster Rugby 27–16 Llanelli Scarlets". 14 May 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  8. "Celtic Cup Glory". 14 May 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  9. "Munster Crowned European Champions". 20 May 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  10. "Munster End Season In Style". 15 May 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  11. "Munster Crowned Magners League Champions". 28 May 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  12. "Stringer delighted with Munster deal". 28 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  13. "Peter Stringer set for Saracens switch from Munster". BBC Sport. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  14. "Saracens switch the right move for Stringer". Irish Independent. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  15. "Peter Stringer completes Saracens switch from Munster". BBC Sport. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  16. "Stringer to face Ospreys". 9 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  17. "Saracens 31 Ospreys 26". 10 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  18. "Stringer Moving To Newcastle". 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  19. "Falcons confirm Stringer arrival". 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  20. "Stringer To Bath". 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  21. "Bath Rugby 16 Exeter Chiefs 6". 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  22. "Stringer To Remain At Bath". 19 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  23. "Peter Stringer: Bath to sign Munster scrum-half next season". BBC Sport. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  24. "Stringer signs new Bath deal". 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  25. "Peter Stringer: Sale Sharks sign Bath's former Ireland scrum-half". BBC Sport. 19 May 2015.
  26. "Peter Stringer: I just don't feel any differently than I did when I first started playing". Irish Independent. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  27. "Sale Sharks scrum-half Peter Stringer signs contract extension". 26 February 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  28. "Age is but a number! 38-year-old Peter Stringer named Sale Sharks player of the year". 27 April 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  29. "Ireland 44–22 Scotland". 19 February 2000. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  30. "Triple Crown For Ireland". 27 March 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  31. "England 24–28 Ireland". 18 March 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  32. "Ireland Made To Sweat For Triple Crown Win". 11 March 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  33. "Scotland Eclipsed As Ireland Roar To Fourth Win". 14 March 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  34. "Ireland Are Grand Slam Champions!". 19 March 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  35. "Ireland World Cup Squad 2003". 9 September 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  36. "Statsguru: Peter Stringer-2003 Rugby World Cup". 11 October 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  37. "Ireland Rugby World Cup Squad Announcement". 12 August 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  38. "Statsguru: Peter Stringer-2007 Rugby World Cup". 15 September 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  39. "Ireland Training Squad Is Announced". 17 June 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  40. "Barbarians Player Archive". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  41. "Barbarians 11–60 Australia". BBC Sport. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  42. "Rugby hero Peter Stringer to wed glam fiancee Debbie O'Leary in Spanish celebration". 7 June 2015.
  43. "Rugby hero Peter Stringer and girlfriend Debbie O'Leary's Marbella wedding countdown". 8 June 2015.

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