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Cian Healy (born 7 October 1987) is an Irish rugby union rugby player. He plays for Leinster and for the Ireland national team. He is registered to Clontarf who play in All-Ireland League. He is also a DJ, calling himself DJ Church, performing at both Oxegen 2010 and Oxegen 2011 in the Electric Ballroom with his band partner DJ Gordo.

Cian Healy
Cian Healy 2015 RWC.jpg
Healy warming up for Ireland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Birth nameCian Healy
Date of birth (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 32)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight115 kg (18 st 2 lb; 254 lb)[1][2]
SchoolBelvedere College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Leinster
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Clontarf FC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007– Leinster 208 (115)
Correct as of 25 May 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2008–09
2009–
2013
Ireland U20
Ireland Wolfhounds
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
4
8
93
0
(5)

(25)
Correct as of 28 September 2019

He was educated in Belvedere College, Dublin and won a Leinster Schools Senior Cup medal in 2005.

He was named as part of the Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, but withdrew due to injury playing only twice.

He is known for his physical strength, and according to Leinster Rugby, Ireland and British and Irish Lions teammates Jamie Heaslip and Mike Ross, he is the strongest player they have seen in the gym, holding most of the strength records. He (Healy) can squat over 300 kg (661 lb) for reps.[3][4]

LeinsterEdit

Healy made his Leinster debut at 19 years old in the 2006-07 season against Border Reivers, when he came of the bench.[5] He transitioned to first choice at his position for Leinster in the 2008-09 season. When as a 21 year old , Healy was a key part of the Leinster team that won the 2009 Heineken Cup in a 19–16 win against Leicester Tigers.

As a 23 year old he also played a key part of the 2011 Heineken Cup Final winning team who beat Northampton Saints 33–22.[6][7] Following that up with another Heineken Cup win the following season, 2011–12, against provincial rivals Ulster 42-14.[8]

Healy continued to be a key player for Leinster in the following seasons, but struggled with a series of injuries, nearly retiring in the summer of 2015 after a neck injury.[9] However he managed to return to playing for Leinster, and after losing 10 kilos, regained his position as first choice in the 2017-2018 season, where he played a key role in Leinster winning its fourth European Cup against Racing 92, along with winning the Pro14 for the first time against the Scarlets. Healy is a member of an elite group of players to have won the European Cup four times, alongside teammates, Devin Toner, Jonathan Sexton and Isa Nacewa.[10]

 
Healy playing for Leinster

Ireland AEdit

Healy was called into the Ireland A side that was defeated by England Saxons on 1 February 2008.[11][12] On 21 June 2009, he was part of the Ireland 'A' team that won the 2009 Churchill Cup against England Saxons by 49–22 in the final in Colorado.[13]

IrelandEdit

He was called up to the Ireland squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship.[14][15]

In November 2009, he made his international debut in the test against Australia at Croke Park, and was praised afterwards by coach Declan Kidney for his performance.[16][17] Healy also played against South Africa. He made his Six Nations Championship debut against Italy in Croke Park. Healy also started in Ireland's games against France, England and Wales.

Healy was named Man of the Match in a bruising encounter on 17 September 2011, when Ireland defeated Australia 15–6 at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Eden Park.[18]

Healy was cited to appear before a disciplinary hearing in London on 13 February 2013, where he received a three-week suspension for stamping on the ankle of opponent player Dan Cole during Ireland's second round encounter with England in the Six Nations Championship.[19]

Healy was a key member of the Grand Slam winning Ireland team during the 2017-2018 6 Nations. Starting 4 of the 5 games including the decider against England in Twickenham.[20]

HonoursEdit

Leinster
Ireland
Lions
  • Lions tours (1): 2013

Leinster Schools Senior Cup (with Belvedere College) : 2005

Other pursuitsEdit

Healy has painted portraits of fellow rugby players. [21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/international/six-nations-2015-survival-of-the-fittest-1.2089466
  2. ^ http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/player?PlayGuid=CH726208
  3. ^ http://www.sportsjoe.ie/rugby/mike-ross-reveals-the-biggest-gym-beasts-in-irelands-rugby-squad/27298
  4. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/rugbyunion/comments/6hxz33/ama_mike_ross_ireland_international_61_caps_and/
  5. ^ https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/player?PlayGuid=CH726208
  6. ^ "Leicester 16–19 Leinster". BBC Sport. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Sexton inspires Leinster to Heineken Cup glory". BBC Sport. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2012/0519/321612-leinster-42-14-ulster/
  9. ^ http://www.the42.ie/cian-healy-retire-neck-injury-3746269-Dec2017/
  10. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/european-cup/cian-healy-the-history-maker-wants-leinster-to-achieve-more-1.3493842
  11. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  12. ^ "Ireland 'A' Go Down Fighting Against Saxons". IrishRugby.ie. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  13. ^ "Ireland 'A' Cap Off Stunning Season With Churchill Cup Success". Irishrugby.ie. 21 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  14. ^ "Healy and Sexton in Ireland squad". BBC. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  15. ^ "Ireland Team Announcement". IrishRugby.ie. 29 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  16. ^ "Prop Healy wins first Ireland cap". BBC Sport. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  17. ^ "O'Driscoll praises Irish attitude". BBC Sport. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  18. ^ "Ireland shock lifeless Wallabies". planetrugby.com. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  19. ^ "Six Nations 2013: Ireland's Cian Healy given three-week suspension for stamp on England's Dan Cole". Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Rugby World, Man of many talents". Rugbyworld.com. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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