Senior Debut: v Ospreys, April 2007, The Liberty Stadium
Heineken Debut: v Montauban, October 2008, Thomond Park
Club: Young Munster
Previous Club: Garryowen
School: St. Munchin's
International Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland U20; Ireland Wolfhounds; Ireland; British & Irish Lions
The son of former Munster flanker Ger, he caught the eye at Schools level and since representing Ireland Schools has also featured on the Ireland U20 Grand Slam winning side in 2007.
Earls made his first appearance for the Munster senior side as a replacement against Ospreys at The Liberty Stadium.
The highlights since then include; a place on the bench in the 2008 Heineken Cup final, a hat-trick of tries in the Magners League game against Dragons in Musgrave Park (Sept 2008), the inevitable first Irish cap against Canada in Thomond Park two months later where he scored a try, a Magners League winning medal in April 2009 and a Lions debut in the opening tour game against a Royal XV in Rustenberg in May 2009.
Earls was part of the James Coughlan-led Munster team that historically beat Australia 15–6 in November 2010 in Thomond Park. He also helped Munster to victory in the 2011 Magners League Grand Final scoring a try against Leinster.
He was a member of the 2011 Ireland World Cup squad that reached the quarter-final in New Zealand and his total of five tries made him Ireland's top try scorer at the tournament.
Earls sustained a shoulder injury against Italy in the 2013 RBS Six Nations in March and went on to make one Munster appearance for the remainder of the season, starting against Clermont in the Heineken Cup semi final.
He returned to 2013/14 pre-season training rehabbing his shoulder and scored a try on his first game of the season against Benetton Treviso. Earls missed the autumn internationals through injury but scored tries on either side of the international break against Leinster and Perpignan.
Continued his rich vein of form with another try against Gloucester at Kingsholm in January 2014.
Earls was named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations and signed a two-year contract extension that keeps him at the province until at least June 2016.
Unfortunately injured his knee against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup in January, ruling him out of the 6 Nations. Then he was withdrawn from the Ireland summer tour to Argentina due to illness (gastroenteritis).
Having tweaked his knee at an Ireland training camp in August 2014, he was rehabbing the injury for five months before making his return against Zebre in Parma in January 2015. A week later he made his 100th appearance for the province coming off the bench against Saracens in round 5 of the Chamions Cup.
In round 6 he started against Sale Sharks in Thomond Park scoring an incredible solo-try, and joined Joe Schmidt's 46-man Ireland squad for the 2015 6 Nations.
Made a big impact on the side in the second half of the season scoring seven tries in 14 appearances (12 starts).
Joined the Ireland squad for the England 2015 Rugby World Cup and showed wonderful form which was reflected in the fact that he started every game of Ireland's World Cup campaign showcasing his versatility in alternating between the left wing and outside centre.
At the tournament Keith Earls also eclipsed Brian O'Driscoll's Ireland try scoring record at Rugby World Cup level. The Munster flyer has scored eight tries across eight tournament appearances, one more than his former team-mate who finished on seven RWC tries.
|DOB||2nd Oct 1987|
|Height||1.78 m (5' 10")|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Honours||Ireland (47 caps)|