Rodney Ah You

Rodney Ah You (born 27 October 1988) is a New Zealand born Irish rugby union player. Ah You's primary position is as a prop, and he can play at both tighthead and loosehead. He currently plays for English side Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership.

Rodney Ah You
Birth nameRodney Leiua Ah You
Date of birth (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight128 kg (20 st 2 lb)
SchoolChristchurch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Newcastle Falcons
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2016
2016–2018
2018–
Connacht
Ulster
Newcastle Falcons
121
35
4
(25)
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 19 May 2019
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2010 Canterbury 0 (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2008
2014
New Zealand U19
New Zealand U20
Ireland
5
3
3
(0)
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 19 May 2019

Ah You has represented Ireland at full international level. After qualifying for Ireland in October 2013 through residency,[1][2] he made his debut on 7 June 2014 against Argentina.[3]

CareerEdit

ClubEdit

Early careerEdit

At a young age Ah You's primary sporting interest was boxing, only taking up rugby at the age of 16. He started out playing as a back row forward, but credits former Crusaders player Dave Hewett with his move to the front row. Ah You progressed quickly in the sport, being capped by the Canterbury senior team before he had turned 20, and playing at under-age level for New Zealand. Ah You did not make the step up to Super Rugby level, however, and had not been called up for the Crusaders team by the time he left Canterbury for Connacht.[4]

ConnachtEdit

Ah You joined Connacht on an 18-month deal in October 2010. He was brought in to replace the injured former England international, Robbie Morris in the squad.[5] Ah You made his debut for Connacht in the 2010–11 European Challenge Cup against Harlequins on 12 December 2010, coming on as a replacement.[6] He made his league debut for the side on 1 January 2011 against Leinster.[7] In total, Ah You played 11 2010–11 Celtic League games and three games in the Challenge Cup in his first season, with all of his appearances coming as a replacement.[8]

Ah You's second season with Connacht saw him play more regularly, and he made his first league start for Connacht in the opening game of 2011–12 Pro12, the Celtic League having been renamed. In that game against Benetton Treviso, Ah You scored his first try for the province and it proved decisive as Connacht won by just two points.[9] Over the course of the season he featured in 13 games, seven of them being starts.[8] The season also saw Ah You play in four of Connacht's six games in their first ever Heineken Cup campaign, starting against Harlequins and Toulouse, and coming from the bench in both games against Gloucester.[6]

The 2012–13 season once again saw Ah You make all of his appearances from the bench. He played in 13 2012–13 Pro12 matches,[8] and played in Connacht's away game to Zebre in the 2012–13 Heineken Cup.[6] In February 2013, Ah You signed an extension to his contract to keep him with Connacht until the end of the 2013–14 season.[10]

In the 2013–14 season, Ah You played more regularly. He made his first Connacht start of the season on 4 October against Treviso in the 2013–14 Pro12, having come on as a replacement in four games before that. Ah You played in all 6 of Connacht's games in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup, starting at home to Saracens and Toulouse, and away to Zebre.[6] In the league he featured in all 22 of Connacht's games, starting in 12 of them.[8] Ah You agreed to another contract extension with Connacht in December 2013, which will keep him with the province until 2016.[11]

UlsterEdit

In January 2016, it was announced that Ah You would join fellow Irish province Ulster on a two-year deal from the start of the 2016–17 season.

Newcastle FalconsEdit

Rodney joined Newcastle Falcons in mid-November 2018 but suffered from an injury during training. He made his Premiership debut against Saracens on April 5 after returning to full fitness and has remained a key asset in Falcons' 2018-19 campaign.

InternationalEdit

In his early career, Ah You was an under-age international player for his country. He was capped for both the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-20 teams. In January 2014, Ah You was one of seven uncapped players named in Ireland's extended 44-man squad for the upcoming Six Nations by head coach Joe Schmidt.[1][12] He had become eligible to play for Ireland in October 2013, qualifying through residency.

In May 2014, Ah You was called up to the initial Emerging Ireland squad for the IRB Nations Cup, but in June, following injury to Martin Moore, Ah You was called up to the full Ireland squad for the end of season tour to face Argentina. Ah You was named on the substitutes bench for the first test of the series in Resistencia and came on as a second-half replacement for Mike Ross as Ireland came out 29–17 winners.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ah You Irish? New Zealand-born prop Rodney makes Ireland's Six Nations squad". Daily Mail. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.therugbypaper.co.uk/features/columnists/peter-jackson/11043/peter-jackson-ah-you-irish-well-thats-complicated-rodney/
  3. ^ a b "A lot to ponder for Joe Schmidt and Ireland after Argentina victory". Irish Independent. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Ireland call-up Rodney Ah You finally 'home' after enduring tough road". The Score. 16 January 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Connacht sign New Zealand prop Ah You". ERC. 28 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d "Player Archive: Rodney Ah You". ERC. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Leinster Rugby 30 - 8 Connacht Rugby". RaboDirectPRO12. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Connacht Squad Index: Rodney Ah You". RaboDirectPRO12. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Ah You try the difference in tight Connacht victory". RaboDirectPRO12. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Ah You and Cooney sign contract extensions with Connacht". Irish Independent. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Rodney Ah You signs new two-year deal with Connacht". Irish Independent. 16 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Joe Schmidt names seven uncapped players in his extended 44-man Six Nations squad". Irish Independent. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.