Andrew Gerald Porter, born on January 16, 1996, is an Irish professional rugby union player renowned for his skills as a prop for Leinster in the United Rugby Championship and the Ireland national team.
Porter's rugby journey began at St. Andrew's College in Dublin, where he received his education and played rugby from 2008 to 2014. He continued his rugby career at University College Dublin (UCD) and made notable contributions to the team. Even at a young age, Porter displayed exceptional strength and power, evident in his ability to squat an impressive 350 kg (772 lb) while still in his first year under a professional contract.
In the summer of 2016, Porter joined the Leinster academy, marking a significant step in his club career. He made his senior debut for the Leinster first team as a substitute against Benetton Treviso on September 2, 2016. Porter quickly gained attention for his surprising speed and agility on the field, exemplified by his ability to make breaks and score tries from inside his own half during the 2015-2016 season for UCD in the AIL League.
At the international level, Porter showcased his talent while representing the Ireland Under-20 team. He played for two seasons and was part of the squad that achieved Ireland's best-ever result in the Junior World Championship in 2016, finishing as runners-up. Over the course of his involvement with the Under-20 team, Porter amassed twelve appearances and scored two tries.
Porter earned his first senior international cap for Ireland in 2017, marking the beginning of his international career. His performances for Leinster caught the attention of selectors, and on May 6, 2021, he was named in the squad for the prestigious British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa. Unfortunately, Porter suffered a toe injury before the tour, ruling him out of the series.
Throughout his career, Porter has displayed remarkable physical attributes and versatility. Initially starting as a loosehead prop, he transitioned to the tighthead position, where he excelled. He has shown prowess in ball-carrying, scrummaging, and overall dominance in the front row. His performances for Leinster and Ireland have earned him numerous caps and recognition as a promising prop.
Despite setbacks due to injuries, Porter's determination and commitment to his craft have positioned him as a key player for both club and country. His continued development and quest for excellence make him a valuable asset to any team he represents.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Porter has been named in the squad for Ireland.
|2016 - present
|2017 - present
|2022 - present
|2015 - 2016
|St. Andrew's College