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Keith Earls
Keith Earls

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  Then he was withdrawn from the Ireland summer tour to Argentina due to illness (gastroenteritis).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.

Signed a new deal in January that will see him remain at Munster through to the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.

In June 2016 he started on the wing for Ireland in their first ever win over the Springboks on South African soil.

DOB2nd Oct 1987
BirthplaceMoyross, Ireland
Height1.78 m (5' 10")
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
PositionUniversal Back
HonoursIreland (54 caps)
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
24/09/2016
Edinburgh Rugby







80
01/10/2016
Zebre Rugby







49
08/10/2016
Leinster Rugby







57
22/10/2016
Glasgow Warriors







19
Total Played 4 0
0
0
0
0
1
0
205
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2016-2017 - European Rugby Champions Cup
Munster Rugby
1





1

2016-2017 - GUINNESS PRO12
Munster Rugby
3







2016-2017 Total

4





1

2015-2016 - European Rugby Champions Cup
Munster Rugby
6
1





5
2015-2016 - GUINNESS PRO12
Munster Rugby
8







2015-2016 Total

14
1





5
2014-2015 - European Rugby Champions Cup
Munster Rugby
1 +1
1





5
2014-2015 - Guinness PRO12
Munster Rugby
11 +1
6





30
2014-2015 Total

12 +2
7





35
2013-2014 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
8
3



1

15
2013-2014 - RaboDirect PRO12
Munster Rugby
9 +1
3



1

15
2013-2014 Total

17 +1
6



2

30
2012-2013 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
4







2012-2013 - RaboDirect PRO12
Munster Rugby
5 +1
1





5
2012-2013 Total

9 +1
1





5
2011-2012 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
4







2011-2012 - RaboDirect PRO12
Munster Rugby
6 +1
1





5
2011-2012 Total

10 +1
1





5
2010-2011 - Amlin Challenge Cup
Munster Rugby
2
2





10
2010-2011 - Friendly
Munster Rugby
1







2010-2011 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
6
2





10
2010-2011 - Magners League
Munster Rugby
9
2



1

10
2010-2011 Total

18
6



1

30
2009-2010 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
8
3





15
2009-2010 - Magners League
Munster Rugby
5
1





5
2009-2010 Total

13
4





20
2008-2009 - Friendly
Munster Rugby
1







2008-2009 - Heineken Cup
Munster Rugby
8
2





10
2008-2009 - Magners League
Munster Rugby
14
8



1

40
2008-2009 Total

23
10



1

50
2007-2008 - Magners League
Munster Rugby
0 +4







2007-2008 Total

0 +4







2006-2007 - Magners League
Munster Rugby
0 +1







2006-2007 Total

0 +1







Total - European Rugby Champions Cup

46 +1
12



1
1
60
Total - GUINNESS PRO12

70 +9
22



3

110
Total - European Rugby Challenge Cup

2
2





10
Total - RL Friendly

2







Total

120 +10
36
0
0
0
4
1
180
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