James Peter Richard Heaslip (born 15 December 1983) is an Irish rugby union former player who played for Leinster and Ireland. He played as a number 8. Heaslip earned 95 caps for Ireland during his international career from 2006 to 2017, making him one of the most capped players in Irish national team history.
Heaslip playing for Ireland against Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
|Birth name||James Peter Richard Heaslip|
|Date of birth||15 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Tiberias, Israel|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 243 lb)|
|University||Dublin City University|
Trinity College Dublin
|Rugby union career|
Heaslip was born in Tiberias, Israel, while his father, retired Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, was there on duty with UNIFIL. His father was one of the founding officers of the elite Army Ranger Wing (ARW), Ireland's special operations force. The youngest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister. Jamie and his family moved back to Ireland when he was still young, settling in the town of Naas where he lived until moving to Dublin aged 17. He attended Newbridge College, in County Kildare. In 2004, he starred in the U-21 World Cup, held in Scotland, where Ireland finished as runners-up to New Zealand. Following his performance, Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award.
Heaslip made his Leinster senior debut in the Celtic League in March 2005. The first Irish cap he received was in an autumn series test of 2006 against the Pacific Islands. He had the honour of being the 1000th player to wear the green of Ireland. He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam Heaslip was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He Started all three tests on the Tour. He also was nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year for 2009. Heaslip was named in the first Celtic League Dream Team in 2007 and along with Ben Blair and Felipe Contepomi retained his place in 2008, in 2009 he became the only player to have been named in all three sides and retained his unique record in 2010. Heaslip was the only try scorer in the Heineken Cup semi-final in which Leinster were defeated 26–16 by the eventual champions Toulouse.
Heaslip was sent off for Ireland against New Zealand on 12 June 2010, the first Irish player to be sent off in the professional era, for striking an opposition player (Richie McCaw) with his knee in frustration. He subsequently received a five-week suspension from the International Rugby Board.
In April 2013, he was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
On 26 February 2018, Heaslip announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect due to injury. He had been due to play for Ireland against England in the 2017 Six Nations Championship on 18 March, but pulled out during the warm-up with what seemed like an innocuous injury at the time.
In September 2014 he bought Bellamy's Pub in Ballsbridge with Leinster team mates Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney and Seán O'Brien. After an extensive refurbishment it was reopened as The Bridge 1859. Heaslip opened a new bar called "Lemon and Duke" in the heart of Dublin with a few of his fellow team mates." In 2019 he was added to the RTÉ team of TV analysts for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
- Heineken Cup (3): 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Pro12 (3): 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14
- European Challenge Cup (1): 2012–13
- Six Nations Championship (3): 2009, 2014, 2015
- Triple Crown (2): 2007 & 2009
- Grand Slam (1): 2009
- World Rugby Try of the Year: 2016
- British and Irish Lions
- IRUPA Supporters player of the year: 2010
- Celtic League Dream Team 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- World Rugby Player of the Year: 2009, 2016
- EPCR European Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
- Roberts, Gareth (22 March 2009). "2009 Six Nations". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
- "British & Irish Lions tour squad announced". The British and Irish Lions official website. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
- "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Magners League 'Dream Team' announced". 25 May 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Magners League 'Dream Team' 2008/09 announced". 21 May 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Grand Finalists dominate 'Dream Team'". 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "New Zealand 66–28 Ireland". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Ireland's Jamie Heaslip handed five-week kneeing ban". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Heaslip To Captain Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Pressure increases on Declan Kidney as limp second half exposes Ireland's limitations". Irish Independent. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Jamie Heaslip takes over Six Nations captaincy as O'Driscoll era ends". Irish Independent. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "Heaslip gets nod over O'Driscoll as Irish captain". BBC Sport. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "Ireland coach Declan Kidney retains Jamie Heaslip as captain for Six Nations as Brian O'Driscoll nears exit". Daily Telegraph. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "This sensational Irish team try has just won World Try of the Year". The 42. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- "'Time has cornered me earlier than I hoped' - Jamie Heaslip to retire with immediate effect". Irish Independent. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Jamie Heaslip announces his retirement with immediate effect". The 42. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Jamie Heaslip: Former Ireland captain announces retirement as player". BBC Sport. 26 February 2018.
- "Opening the bridge: Irish rugby players Rob & Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien open Dublin pub The Bridge 1859 today". evoke.ie. 25 September 2014.
- "The Bar is Now Open – Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip officially open 'The Bridge 1859' in Ballsbridge". evoke.ie. 2 October 2014.