Craig Gilroy

    Craig Gilroy
    Club / Province: Dungannon / Ulster
    Position: Wing
    Date of Birth: 11/03/1991
    Height: 1.83m
    Weight: 93Kg
    Honours: 10 Ireland test caps Test debut v Argentina November 2012

    Educated at Methodist College in Belfast, Craig play's his club rugby for Dungannon. It was impressive form for his club in the All Ireland League which encouraged former Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin to bring Craig into the Ulster squad. In his debut season for Ulster, Gilroy scored 8 try's in 14 appearances including a try on his debut against Cardiff in November 2010.

    Craig also represented Ireland Schools and Ireland U20's. In 2011/12 he was named Ulster Young Player Of The Year and he went on to represent Ireland in May against the Barbarians where he scored 2 superb trys. He also played for Ireland against Fiji in November 2012 where he scored three brilliant try's. Those two previous games were non-capped games and Craig earned his first Senior Test Cap on the wing against Argentina in Ireland's final game of the Guinness Series.

    Blistering power and pace mean Gilroy is very difficult to stop. He also has superb balance which means he can break the tackle at will. Deceptive to look at, Gilroy is a tough player and an education in the All Ireland League has meant his game has matured much quicker.

    Fact Box

    • Educated at Methodist College, played his club rugby with Dungannon
    • Scored two tries on senior Ulster debut in the RaboDirect PRO12 game against Cardiff at the City Stadium in 2010. Repeated the feat 5 days later in Treviso
    • Has played for Ulster Ravens in British & Irish Cup 2009/10 and 2010/11; was a Heineken Cup finalist with Ulster last season.
    • Named Ulster Young Player of the Year 2011/12
    • Represented Ireland Schools' and Ireland U20s at the Junior World Championships 2011 in Italy
    • During the U20s Six Nations 2011 scored tries on both his appearances, v Italy and Wales
    • Scored 2 tries in the non-cap game v Barbarians at Gloucester in May 2012, added 3 more in another non-cap game, v Fiji in Limerick in November then scored another try on his test debut a week later v Argentina in Dublin
    • Made his RBS 6 Nations bow in the 30-22 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in round 1, scored a first try against Scotland in round 3 before injury forced him out of the game
    • Made his test debut on the left wing but his next game, his RBS 6 Nations debut, he played on the right wing