James Ryan rugby player
James Ryan rugby player

James Ryan

24th Jul 1996 2.03m/106kg No 5 Lock

The son of former Leinster back row Mark, Ryan has skippered Ireland at U18 level and also led the Leinster U18s, U19s and U20s, as well as his school’s Senior Cup team.

The talented second-row captained Ireland to the final of the 2016 JWC in Manchester, England.

The former St. Michaels College student joined the Leinster Academy following his time in the South Dublin school - he currently plays his club rugby for UCD in the UBL 1A and is well regarded in the Leinster set-up.

In February 2017, Ryan was rewarded with a senior contract for the 2017/18 season.

In May 2017, uncapped for club and country, Ryan was a shock inclusion in Ireland's summer tour squad to play USA & Japan, scoring on debut against USA Eagles.

Ryan has made 5 appearances for Leinster in the 2017-18 season & was named in Joe Schmidt's squad for the 2017 November Series.

Ryan featured in all six of their European Champions Cup pool matches and was named in the 2018 Six Nations squad, bringing his international cap tally to 8.

The young lock recorded an incredible streak of 23 consecutive professional wins to start his career, he suffered his first loss when Australia beat 18-9 in the first of 3 test matches down under.

He went into the November tests having already made 11 appearances for the side.

In May 2019, he was named as Leinster's Player's Player of the Year 2019, and has represented the side 31 times and has scored 10 points.

As of November 2019, Ryan has had 18 Champions Cup appearances scoring 2 tries and 10 points.

Ryan has been named for the 2020 Six Nations Ireland squad and has 23 caps.


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2016 - present
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2017 - present
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ireland Ireland U20's
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2016 - 2017