Munster
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  Then he was withdrawn from the Ireland summer tour to Argentina due to illness (gastroenteritis).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-effort try, and joined Joe Schmidt's 46-man Ireland squad for the 2015 6 Nations.

DOB2nd Oct 1987
BirthplaceMoyross, Ireland
Height1.78 m (5' 10")
Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb)
PositionUniversal Back
HonoursIreland (39 caps)
Latest Player News
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
10/01/2015
Zebre







26
17/01/2015
Saracens







32
25/01/2015
Sale Sharks
1





5
44
14/02/2015
Cardiff Blues







64
21/02/2015
Scarlets







80
28/02/2015
Glasgow Warriors
1





5
80
07/03/2015
Ospreys
1





5
80
28/03/2015
Connacht Rugby
1





5
80
11/04/2015
Edinburgh Rugby
1





5
66
25/04/2015
Benetton Treviso







80
09/05/2015
Ulster Rugby
1





5
80
16/05/2015
Newport Gwent Dragons
1





5
66
23/05/2015
Ospreys







80
Total Played 13 7
0
0
0
0
0
35
858
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2014-2015 - European Rugby Champions Cup
Munster Rugby
1 +1
1





5
2014-2015 - Guinness PRO12
Munster Rugby
10 +1
6





30
2014-2015 Total

11 +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

39 +1
11



1

55
Total - Guinness PRO12

58 +9
22



3

110
Total - Amlin Challenge Cup

2
2





10
Total - Friendly

2







Total

101 +10
35
0
0
0
4
0
175
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