Victor Costello

Victor Costello
Full name Victor Costello
Date of birth (1970-10-23) 23 October 1970
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
School Blackrock College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8, Blindside flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Blackrock College
St. Mary's College
correct as of 11 July 2014.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–1997 London Irish 8 (5)
correct as of 11 July 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)


correct as of 11 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2004 Ireland 39 (20)
correct as of 11 July 2014.

Victor Carton Patrick Costello (born 23 October 1970) is a retired Irish rugby union player and Olympic shot-putter.[1][2]

Athletics career

Costello is a former five-time Irish shot put champion; he finished in 22nd place at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1][3]

Rugby career

Playing senior rugby throughout the 1990s until his retirement in 2005,[3] Costello's rugby career with Leinster and Ireland straddled the amateur and professional eras. He was part of the Irish team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup,[1] and also had spells with Connacht and London Irish.[4]

Irish Rugby player file

Other work and family

Costello provides TV and radio analysis for RTÉ Sport on field events in major athletics championships, including the 2012 London Olympics.[5][6][7] He also works as a pilot for Ryan Air,[8] and is a committee member of the rugby sevens club, Shamrock Warriors.[9] His sister Suzanne is an Irish international hockey player, sprinter and director of the Samaritans (Charity).[10] His father Paddy ('Butch') was also a shot putter and Irish International rugby player, playing second row.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 Victor Costello
  2. "Irish Olympic Throwers". Irish Throwers Club.
  3. 1 2 Costello to retire at end of the season RTÉ Support, 16 March 2005
  4. 1 2 "Leinster's Costello to retire". 16 March 2005.
  5. RTÉ to provide 13 hours a day of coverage from London 2012 Irish Times, 13 July 2012
  6. Let the Games Begin as RTÉ announces 2,300 hours of Olympic coverage RTÉ Sport, 12 July 2012
  7. RTÉ Sport Kicks Off RBS 6 Nations Coverage RTÉ Sport, 3 February 2011
  8. "Helping to tackle a new career". Irish Times. 10 October 2009.(subscription required)
  9. "Ireland take first step on the 7s ladder". Scrum Queens. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  10. "Victor Costello's sister becomes charity director". 28 March 2007.
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