Kieran Marmion rugby player
Kieran Marmion rugby player

Kieran Marmion

11th Feb 1992 1.78m/85kg Scrum Half

The scrumhalf who was born in England to Irish parents. He cut his rugby teeth at Kirkham Grammar School, where he was part of their successful sevens team. Marmion is a product of the Irish Exiles programme and he made his Irish Under 18’s debut in the FIRA European Championships in France.

Kieran’s impressive performances impressed Ireland’s U20 coach Mike Ruddock enough for him to start each of Ireland’s five Junior World Championship games.

Marmion joined the Connacht academy from UWIC college in 2011 and wasted no time in establishing himself on the Connacht rugby map. Marmion scored crucial tries away to Ulster to seal Connacht’s under 20’s 2011 Interprovincial title and his impressive form alerted Connacht head coach Eric Elwood.

Represented Ireland at U18 and U19 level and U20s in the Junior World Championship in 2011 in Italy and 2012 in South Africa, scoring a try against England. Also appeared in all 5 games of the U20 Six Nations in 2012.

His first two caps came as a replacement on the tour Argentina summer 2014. His only appearance in the RBS 6 Nations so far was off the bench against Italy in round 4 last season.

The halfback has shone for his province over the last couple of seasons, most notably playing a key role in the Pro12 title last season. Marmion was a member of the Ireland squad that toured South Africa in 2016. The Connacht man started Ireland's match against Canada at the Aviva Stadium.

Marmion played a starring second half in the momentous victory over Australia, with a depleted back-line, the scrum-half was forced to fill in on the wing and put in a memorable performance halting the Wallabies onslaught. He possesses a distinct natural ability to identify opportunities around the fringes.

In December 2017 Marmion signed a new deal with the IRFU and Connacht which will see him remain at the club beyond the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Marmion joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 and since his arrival in the Sportsground he has made over 130 appearances for Connacht, winning a PRO12 Championship medal in 2016.

Marmion featured in 3 of Ireland's Six Nations matches in 2018 and was included in the side to tour Australia where he made one appearance off the bench taking his test cap tally to 22.

He has established himself as Connacht first choice scrumhalf and heads into the 2018/19 season with over 140 appearances for the side and following the season earned a call up into the RWC Training squad for Ireland with 25 caps already under his belt



Career

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Scrum Half
2011 - present
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2014 - 2014
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2015 - 2019