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Andrew Trimble (born 20 October 1984) is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Ulster and represented Ireland at international level.

Andrew Trimble
Birth nameAndrew David Trimble
Date of birth (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 34)
Place of birthColeraine, Northern Ireland
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb; 218 lb)[1]
SchoolColeraine Academical Institution
UniversityQueen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ballymena ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2018 Ulster 223 (395)
Correct as of 27 May 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland Wolfhounds
Correct as of 26 February 2017


Club careerEdit

He attended Coleraine Academical Institution,[2] where he competed in the Ulster Schools Cup.

He played at outside centre or on the wing for Ulster Rugby. In April 2006 he signed a new three-year deal with Ulster. Trimble also played club rugby for Ballymena RFC in the AIB League and has represented Ireland Schools and the Ireland U21 team.[3][4]

Due to a pre-season groin injury, however, he required surgery and missed part of the 2007–08 season.[5] He later underwent a hernia operation.[6] On 30 April 2009, Trimble underwent surgery on his right knee to remove a piece of chipped bone.[5]

In May 2018, Trimble announced that he would be retiring from rugby at the end of the 2017-18 season.[7]

International careerEdit

Trimble, replacing the injured Brian O'Driscoll, made his debut for the Ireland national rugby union team during the 2005 IRB Autumn Internationals, against Australia.[3] He started again the following week against Romania, securing victory for the Irish with two tries.[3]

Building on his earlier success, Trimble made the 22-man squad for Ireland's 2006 Six Nations Championship opener against Italy. He came on as a second-half replacement to score his third try against France, the following week. In the 2007 and 2008, Trimble was a member of the Ireland team for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and played both on the wing and in the centre.[3] Due to injuries, he missed both Ireland's 2008 and 2009 summer tours.[5]

Trimble has scored test tries for Ireland at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and the 2012 Six Nations Championship.

Trimble featured in the 2014 Six Nations Championship, scoring three tries in total, with a crucial one coming in the final Irish game of the championship against France in Paris which sealed the title.

In September 2015, Trimble was left out of the Ireland squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[8]


  • Ulster Rugby Player of the Year (2006)[3]
  • BT Irish Rugby Union Players Association's newcomer of the year.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Trimble attended Coleraine Academical Institution.[4] After graduating, he attended Queen's University Belfast to study physics.[4] After a year however, he dropped out, and decided to study Theology at Belfast Bible College instead.[4] He supports Liverpool F.C.. Trimble married his wife, Anna, in March 2009.

Trimble is a devout Christian who reads Psalm 84 to prepare before every match.[9]


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  2. ^ "Player Profiles: Ulster Rugby 1st XV". Ulster Rugby. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Andrew Trimble". Irish Rugby. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d O'Brien, John (5 March 2006). "Heaven on earth, but there's better to come". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Trimble ruled out until next season". Irish Independent. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  6. ^ Kelly, David (4 March 2009). "Trimble targets the best of both worlds". Irish Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Model pro Andrew Trimble has created fine legacy for himself". Irish Independent. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2015: Andrew Trimble left out of Ireland squad". BBC Sport. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Five Top Players on God's Rugby Squad". Retrieved 16 March 2014.

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