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Shane Patrick Horgan (born 18 July 1978) is an Irish former rugby union player who played wing or centre for Leinster and Ireland.

Shane Horgan
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Birth nameShane Patrick Horgan
Date of birth (1978-07-18) 18 July 1978 (age 41)
Place of birthBellewstown, County Meath, Ireland
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight16 st 5 lb (104 kg)
SchoolSt. Mary's Diocesan
Notable relative(s)Sharon Horgan (sister)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Boyne RFC
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998–2011 Leinster 203 (348)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland u18 Clubs
IRL U-21
Ireland A
Correct as of 26 Jun 2010
Horgan and Gordon D'Arcy parading the Heineken Cup trophy in 2009


Early lifeEdit

He was born on 18 July 1978 in Bellewstown, County Meath, to an Irish mother, Ursula (née Campbell) from County Kildare whose parents before her originated from Midfield Co. Mayo and a New Zealand father, John. When Horgan was young he played for Boyne RFC. He also played Gaelic football at Minor (U18) level with Meath. He was educated at a boys' Catholic school, St. Mary's Diocesan School in Drogheda, and was active in their rugby team. Horgan joined Lansdowne on leaving school in 1997.

Club careerEdit

Horgan made his debut for Leinster in 1998. He played for Leinster 87 times in the Heineken Cup, ranking fifth in career Heineken Cup appearances. He scored 27 tries during his Heineken Cup career, ranking him fourth on the list of most career tries scored in Heineken Cup competition. His most prolific Heineken Cup season was 2004–05, when Horgan was the leading try scorer with 8 tries. He was a member of a Leinster backline which included Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie, Felipe Contepomi, Isa Nacewa, Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton.

International careerEdit

Horgan made his debut for the Ireland senior side against Scotland in the 2000 Six Nations Championship, scoring a try in the process. In the following game against Italy he scored 2 tries and added another one against Wales during the tournament. He was selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He was used as a substitute during all three tests. After scoring the winning try against England at Twickenham in the 2006 Six Nations Championship to secure the Triple Crown for the second time in three years, he became a new national hero. Horgan added to his following in 2007 when he scored a try against England in Croke Park by executing a Gaelic football style catch from a Ronan O'Gara crossfield kick. Horgan is known by the Irish media and rugby fans as "Shaggy".[citation needed]

Horgan showed a return to something near the levels of performance of his earlier career in early 2011[1] but injury towards the end of the club season forced him to miss out on the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

On 28 March 2012, Horgan announced his retirement with immediate effect having failed to regain full fitness following surgery on a long-term knee injury. [2][3][4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

Horgan has three older sisters Maria, Sharon and Lorraine and one younger brother, Mark.

He is a second cousin of Jockey Leighton Aspell and his brother Paddy.

Horgan studied law at Portobello College and is completing a master's degree at Trinity College Dublin.

He currently works as trainee solicitor at Lee & Thompson[6] in London, as well as regularly appearing on RTÉ Sport as an analyst in their rugby coverage. Since leaving RTE Sport Shane has joined TV3 for the stations NatWest 6 nations coverage presented by Joe Molly


  1. ^ "Shane Horgan". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ "Shane Horgan has announced his retirement from rugby due to a long-term knee injury". RTÉ Sport. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Schmidt and O'Driscoll lead tributes as injury forces Horgan to call time on stellar career". Irish Independent. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Horgan: I was lucky". Irish Examiner. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Horgan announces retirement".
  6. ^ Archived 21 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine Horgan

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