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Ciaran Fitzgerald

For the Irish actor, see Ciarán Fitzgerald.

Ciaran Fitzgerald (born 4 June 1952 in Loughrea, County Galway) is a former Irish rugby union footballer and coach of the national team.


Best known for his rugby success, Fitzgerald previously won two All-Ireland boxing championships. He also played minor hurling for Galway and was a member of the team in the minor final against Cork in 1970. Fitzgerald began playing rugby while at St Joseph's College, Garbally where he was chosen to play hooker by teacher, and priest, Bishop John Kirby. He studied in University College Galway, gaining a BComm in 1973, and played for University College Galway R.F.C.. He went on to play senior rugby for St. Mary's College [1]

He rose to prominence in the game and went on to captain the Ireland team to the Triple Crown in 1982 and 1985 and the Five Nations Championship in 1983, as well as the British and Irish Lions on their losing tour to New Zealand in 1983.

His debut test match was against Australia on 3 June 1979. Scotland were his final test opponents on 15 March 1986. In total, he received 22 competitive and three friendly caps for Ireland. He scored once, a try against Wales, in 1980. He went on to coach the Irish national rugby team for three years.

Playing in the amateur era, Fitzgerald also maintained a career in the Irish Army, and at one point was aide de camp to the President, Dr Patrick Hillery.

He was head coach of Ireland, from 1990 to 1992, leading the side to the 1991 Rugby World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals.

He now regularly appears on Setanta Sports and RTE, the Irish national TV and radio service, as a rugby pundit.



External links

  • Sporting heroes
  • 1983 New Zealand British & Irish Lions Tour
  • Irish Rugby Web Site
  • Irish Rugby Web Site
Preceded by
Jim Davidson
Irish national rugby coach
Succeeded by
Gerry Murphy

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