Simon Geoghegan

Simon Geoghegan
Full name Simon Patrick Geoghegan
Date of birth (1968-09-01) 1 September 1968
Place of birth Knebworth, Hertfordshire
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Occupation(s) Solicitor
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
19911994 London Irish
Bath Rugby
22 (25)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
19911996 Ireland 37 (51)

Simon Patrick Geoghegan (born 1 September 1968 in Knebworth, Hertfordshire) is a former Irish rugby union footballer who played at wing in England for London Irish and Bath and in the Irish Inter-provincial Championships for Connacht Rugby and the Exiles. Simon finished his rugby career at Bath Rugby where a debilitating toe injury limited his appearances and finally ended his playing career.

He is perhaps best known for his try in the 1994 Five Nations match against England at Twickenham, that was instrumental in a famous 13-12 win.[1] Another key contribution during the match was a kick, chase and tackle[2] on England fly-half Rob Andrew which led to a crucial kickable penalty to Ireland. An adept side stepper, he was once described by the commentator Bill McLaren as being "Like a mad trout up a burn".

Geoghegan was controversially left out of the 1993 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand when England's Ian Hunter and Tony Underwood were taken ahead of him. Former New Zealand hooker and Geoghegan's then London Irish coach Hika Reid was quoted at the time as being surprised as he felt the conditions would have suited him. In 1997 the Lions management apparently held a place open for him until the last possible minute, even though he had played little rugby that year due to the toe problems that cut short his career.

As an amateur player Geoghegan had a career outside rugby as a solicitor.

Geoghegan qualified for Ireland through his Galway born father. His grandfather played in the 1929 All-Ireland Hurling Final.


  1. "Simon Geoghegan". Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  2. "Simon Geoghegan tackles Rob Andrew". Retrieved 1 June 2008.

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