Phil Danaher (rugby union)

Phil Danaher
Full name Philip Danaher
Date of birth (1965-10-05) 5 October 1965
Place of birth Abbeyfeale
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback/Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1987-1995 Munster
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1988-1995  Ireland 28 (6)

Philip Danaher (born October 5, 1965 in Abbeyfeale) is a retired Irish rugby union Fullback and Centre. He played for St Munchin's College, Garryowen (as captain), Lansdowne, Munster and won 28 caps between 1988 and 1995 for Ireland. He made his international debut against Scotland on Jan 16, 1988 and captained the team 3 times, including the 1992 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand. [1] [2] .[3]

Danaher was a squad member in the Five Nations Championship from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 1995 and in tours to France 1988, North America 1989, New Zealand 1992 and Australia 1994. He was not a member of the squads for the 1991 or 1995 Rugby World Cups.

He retired in 1996 following a serious thumb injury.[4] He was later assistant coach on tours to South Africa 1998 and Australia 1999.

He currently owns a McDonalds franchise in Limerick.

Danaher also played Gaelic Football with Limerick GAA and Kerry GAA and badminton to national level.[5]


  1. "Phil Danaher". Lansdowne RFC. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  2. "Where are they now? Philip Danaher (Abbeyfeale, 5/10/'65)". The Irish Independent. 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  3. "Phil Danaher". Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. "Rugby Union: Phil Danaher, former Ireland captain, forced to retire from rugby union". The Independent. 1996-06-28. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  5. "Danaher, Philip". The Hogan Stand. 1992-04-03. Retrieved 2013-03-24.

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