Former Rugby Player // Columnist & TV Analyst
A double Schools’ Senior Cup Winner with Blackrock College, Luke Fitzgerald’s fine reputation preceded him before he made his Leinster debut in 2006. Within five months of his Leaving Certificate, Fitzgerald had made his international bow for Ireland.
At just 21, Fitzgerald was both a Grand Slam winner and Lions tourist.
Over the duration of his career, Fitzgerald appeared 154 times for Leinster, winning three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and three Pro12 titles. He also won 34 caps for Ireland. However, both figures were severely hampered by ongoing injury problems. In recent years it seemed as though Fitzgerald was finally back to full-health and he played a prominent role in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign in 2015, but a neck injury sustained in the Pro12 final of 2016 ultimately forced the 28 year-old into retirement.