Ethan Coughlan (born 13 April 2002) is an Irish rugby union player who plays as a scrum-half for United Rugby Championship club Munster.

Ethan Coughlan
Date of birth (2002-04-13) 13 April 2002 (age 22)
Place of birthCounty Clare, Ireland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight81 kg (12.8 st; 179 lb)
SchoolRice College
UniversityLimerick Senior College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ennis ()
2020– Shannon ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2021– Munster 12 (5)
Correct as of 30 March 2024
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019 Ireland U18 2 (0)
2022 Ireland U20 7 (0)
Correct as of 5 July 2022

Early life edit

Born in County Clare, Coughlan first began playing rugby aged 11 with Ennis, with whom he won an under-16 title in 2018 and a shared under-18 cup in 2020.[1] As well as rugby, Coughlan also played association football and enjoyed success in football and hurling with St Joseph's Doora-Barefield GAA, winning a Minor A football title in 2018 to go with under-16 titles in both sports. In 2020, Coughlan joined famous Limerick club Shannon to play in the amateur All-Ireland League. Previously a student at Rice College, Coughlan now studies sports strength and conditioning at Limerick Senior College.[2]

Munster edit

Coughlan's success with Ennis saw him progress to regional squads with Munster and join the National Talent Squad. During the 2020–21 season, he trained with Munster's senior squad on several occasions, providing cover at scrum-half during periods of injury and international absence,[3] and travelling with the matchday squad for league and European fixtures, whilst also representing the province at 'A' level.[2] Ahead of the 2021–22 season, Coughlan joined Munster's academy as one of three year one recruits.[1] Following the disruption caused by the province's recent tour to South Africa, Coughlan made his senior competitive debut for Munster in their opening 2021–22 Champions Cup fixture away to English club Wasps on 12 December 2021, coming on as a replacement for Conor Murray in the province's 35–14 win,[4] alongside fellow Ennis RFC men Conor Moloney and Tony Butler.[5]

Ireland edit

Coughlan captained the Ireland under-18s in Italy in 2019, and was selected for a talent camp for the Ireland under-20s in May 2021.[2] He was selected in the Ireland under-20s squad for the 2022 Six Nations Under 20s Championship when it was announced in January 2022,[6] and made his competitive debut for the under-20s in their tournament-opening 53–5 win against Wales on 4 February, coming on for starting scrum-half Matthew Devine in the 52nd minute.[7] One week later, Coughlan was promoted to the starting XV for Ireland's 17–16 away win against France,[8] before being used as a replacement in Ireland's 39–12 win against Italy on 25 February,[9] the 42–27 away win against England on 12 March,[10] and the 59–5 home win against Scotland on 20 March that secured a Grand Slam for Ireland.[11]

Coughlan was retained in the squad for the Under-20s Summer Series when it was announced in June 2022,[12] and started in Ireland's opening 42–21 defeat against France on 24 June,[13] before also starting in the 37–36 win against England on 5 July.[14]

Honours edit

Ireland under-20s edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Trio Join Greencore Munster Rugby Academy". Munster Rugby. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c ""I Am Doing Everything With A Smile On My Face And Enjoying The Moment"". The Clare Champion. 1 April 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Squad Update | Munster Prepare For Benetton Away". Munster Rugby. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Munster's young guns thrill in wild and wonderful bonus-point win over Wasps". The42. 12 December 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Clare Trio Included In Munster Squad For Champions Cup Clash With Wasps". Clare FM. 10 December 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Rueben Crothers named as captain in 31-man Ireland squad for U20s Six Nations". The42. 28 January 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Ireland begin U20s begin Six Nations campaign with blistering eight-try victory over Wales". The42. 4 February 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Ireland U20s dig deep to record brilliant last-ditch win in France". The42. 11 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Ireland U20s keep Grand Slam bid on track with bonus-point win over Italy". The42. 25 February 2022. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Ireland's U20s stun England in their backyard to edge closer to a grand slam". The42. 12 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d "Ireland U-20s Secure Grand Slam With Nine-Try Win Over Scotland". Irish Rugby. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Eight Munster Players Included In Ireland U20s Squad". Munster Rugby. 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  13. ^ "France sweep to bonus-point win on a tough night for the Ireland U20s". The42. 24 June 2022. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Ireland finish U20 Six Nations Summer Series with win over England". Irish Examiner. 5 July 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2022.

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