Ultan Dillane rugby player
Ultan Dillane rugby player

Ultan Dillane

9th Nov 1993 1.98m/116kg No 5 Lock

Born in Paris, Dillane is an Irish lock who has a massive career ahead of him. Starting his career of in local club Tralee RFC, Dillane was involved in the Munster setup at a young age. However in 2012 he left for pastures new and joined Galway Corinthians and the Connacht academy.

Dillane broke into the Connacht senior setup in 2014/15 season making his debut against Leinster. His Connacht senior debut in the PRO12 was against Leinster at RDS in December 2014. Won the PRO12 title last year beating the same opponents in the final at Murrayfield.

After a stellar 2015/16 campaign, Joe Schmidt named the uncapped lock in his 2016 6 Nations squad. Came off the bench to make his test debut against England at Twickenham in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations round 3, and has come off the bench in all rounds since.

The powerful ball carrier signed a two-year contract extension with Connacht in October 2016, after 34 appearances. Dillane was named in the Ireland squad for the November Internationals, the second row made a massive impact off the bench in the victory over New Zealand in Chicago.

Dillane started against Canada at the Aviva Stadium and was named man of the match after a stunning display which ended with 12 carries, 10 tackles and a try to end off his stellar performance.

Ultan was named in the Ireland squad for the 2018 Six Nations, the Connacht powerhouse has won 11 caps to date for the national team.

He did not feature for Ireland during the 2018 Six Nations but did play a full 80 minutes in the Barbarians historic victory over England at Twickenham.

In January 2019, Dillane became the latest player to commit his future to Connacht by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Sportsground up to the end of the 2020/21 season.

Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Dillane has 11 test caps.

Career

image Connacht Rugby
No 5 Lock
2014 - present
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
No 5 Lock
2018 - 2018
ireland Ireland
No 5 Lock
2016 - 2019