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Girvan Dempsey
Girvan Dempsey
DOB2nd Oct 1975
BirthplaceDublin, Ireland
Height1.83 m (6' 0")
Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb)
PositionFull Back
ClubLeinster Rugby
HonoursIreland (82 caps)
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Girvan Dempsey has been one of Leinster and Ireland’s most consistent performers for well over a decade.

Girvan made his Leinster debut back in 1996 and is nearing 200 appearances for the province.

At the start of the 2009/10 season, Girvan had appeared in 74 Magners League games for Leinster, with whom he picked up a Magners League winners medal in 2007.

A Heineken Cup winner at Murrayfield last season, Girvan is now in his 13th season with Leinster.

Girvan is among Ireland’s most-capped players, having played a total of 82 internationals to date.

He made his senior Ireland debut against Georgia in 1998, coming on as a replacement and marking the occasion with a brace of tries.

Girvan missed the 1999 World Cup through injury but has since appeared at both the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.

He currently has 19 international tries to his name, with one of the most memorable coming at Twickenham in 2004 when he helped Ireland secure a first Triple Crown since 1985.
 
Up close and personal…

Nickname
 
Swerve
Pets
 
None
Car
 
Volvo S80
Do you collect anything?
 
No
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
 
 
The Irish weather
If you could invite any 4 people for dinner who would you invite and why?
 
Will Ferrell, Cameron Diaz, Michael Palin, Megan Fox
What sporting event anywhere in the world would you pay the most to go and see?
Final day of the US Masters golf in Augusta
Do you have any superstitions?
No
Where are you most likely to be found off the rugby pitch?
If you are to believe old posts on wickipedia – Making Jam, Picking mushrooms and show jumping my Shetland pony ‘tiny’!
Do you play any other sports?
Golf, hurling, soccer and tennis
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (or a claim to fame e.g. sang with Tina Turner)
I’ve played Snooker with Jimmy White & Brian Cowen (Taoiseach of Ireland)
 
Favourite...

Meal
 
Italian
Type of Magners (Original, Pear, draught)
 
Original but I’m trying to embrace the pear
Film
 
Dumb & Dumber
TV Show
 
Entourage
Actor
 
Will Ferrell
Actress
 
Audrey Hepburn
Music
 
Snow Patrol
Gadget
 
iPhone
Newspaper
 
Irish Times
Holiday destination
 
Italy
 
Rugby…

Earliest rugby memories?
 
 
Getting two dead legs tackling a player in my first ever rugby session
Where did you first play rugby?
 
At school in Terenure College
Favourite player growing up?
 
Serge Blanco
First autograph?
 
Michael Lynagh
Most influential coach?
 
John McClean (Schools’ coach) & Michael Cheika
Previous Clubs?
 
Terenure College RFC then Leinster
Club Tournaments played in?
Heineken Cup
Magners League
International Honours
 
Ireland U21, Ireland A, Ireland Senior
Favourite Ground?
 
The RDS
Toughest opponent?
 
Richie McCaw
 
 Best...

Moment in rugby
 
Getting my first cap for Ireland
Team mate, reason why
 
Stan Wright –  the Cook Islander is hilarious
Try
 
Against England in Croke Park 2007
Tackle
 
Managing to get Jonah Lomu to ground in Landsdowne Road
Magners League moment
 
Winning the Magners League in 2007/08
Part of being a professional sportsman
Not having to wear a suit and tie at work, and you get to hang around with your mates all day
 
 Worst...
Moment in rugby
 
Breaking my Collar bone and missing the 1999 Rugby World Cup
Ground to play at
 
Border Reivers (Galashields) on a cold and wet Friday night
Magners League moment
 
 
Part of being a professional sportsman
Ice baths
 
 Who is currently the best…

Sportsman in the world
 
Tiger Woods
Sportswoman in the world
 
Katie Taylor (Irish boxer and footballer)
Rugby player in the world
 
Richie McCaw
Soccer player in the world
 
Lionel Messi
Rugby referee in the world
 
Them all – every referee thinks he’s the best!
 
 
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
05/09/2009
Scarlets
1





5
65
24/10/2009
Ulster Rugby







53
31/10/2009
Cardiff Blues







42
20/02/2010
Scarlets







80
07/03/2010
Cardiff Blues







80
18/03/2010
Glasgow Warriors
1





5
80
27/03/2010
Connacht Rugby







80
02/04/2010
Munster Rugby







80
16/04/2010
Ospreys







80
21/04/2010
Connacht Rugby







47
09/05/2010
Edinburgh Rugby







80
Total Played 11 2
0
0
0
0
0
10
767
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2009-2010 - Magners League
Leinster Rugby
10 +1
2





10
2009-2010 Total

10 +1
2





10
2008-2009 - Magners League
Leinster Rugby
13 +2
1





5
2008-2009 Total

13 +2
1





5
2007-2008 - Magners League
Leinster Rugby
8 +1
1





5
2007-2008 Total

8 +1
1





5
2006-2007 - Magners League
Leinster Rugby
9
1





5
2006-2007 Total

9
1





5
2005-2006 - Celtic League
Leinster Rugby
18
4





20
2005-2006 Total

18
4





20
2004-2005 - Celtic League
Leinster Rugby
7
2





10
2004-2005 Total

7
2





10
2003-2004 - Celtic League
Leinster Rugby
4







2003-2004 Total

4







2002-2003 - Celtic League
Leinster Rugby
3







2002-2003 Total

3







2001-2002 - Celtic League
Leinster Rugby
8 +1
7

1



38
2001-2002 Total

8 +1
7

1



38
Total - GUINNESS PRO14

80 +5
18

1



93
Total

80 +5
18
0
1
0
0
0
93
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance