Simon Geoghegan

Last updated

Simon Geoghegan
Birth nameSimon Patrick Geoghegan
Date of birth (1968-09-01) 1 September 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Knebworth, Hertfordshire
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Occupation(s) Solicitor
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
19911994 London Irish
Bath Rugby
22 (25)
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
19911996 Ireland 37 (51)

Simon Patrick Geoghegan (born 1 September 1968 in Knebworth, Hertfordshire) is an Irish former rugby union player who played at wing in England for London Irish and Bath and in the Irish Inter-provincial Championships for Connacht Rugby and the Irish Exiles. He finished his rugby career at Bath Rugby where a debilitating toe injury limited his appearances and finally ended his playing career.

Geoghegan is perhaps best known for his try in the 1994 Five Nations match against England at Twickenham, that was instrumental in a famous 13–12 win. [1] Another key contribution during the match was a kick, chase and tackle [2] on England fly-half Rob Andrew which led to a crucial kickable penalty to Ireland. An adept side stepper, he was once described by the commentator Bill McLaren as being "Like a mad trout up a burn".[ citation needed ]

Geoghegan was controversially left out of the 1993 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand when England's Ian Hunter and Tony Underwood were taken ahead of him. Former New Zealand hooker and Geoghegan's then London Irish coach Hika Reid was quoted at the time as being surprised as he felt the conditions would have suited him. In 1997 the Lions management apparently held a place open for him until the last possible minute,[ citation needed ] even though he had played little rugby that year due to the toe problems that cut short his career.[ citation needed ]

As an amateur player Geoghegan had a career outside rugby as a solicitor. He is currently a real estate and finance partner in London at Rosling King LLP

Geoghegan qualified for Ireland through his Galway born father. His grandfather played in the 1929 All-Ireland Hurling Final.[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

Barry John Welsh rugby union footballer

Barry John is a former Welsh rugby union fly-half who played, during the amateur era of the sport, in the 1960s, and early 1970s. John began his rugby career as a schoolboy playing for his local team Cefneithin RFC before switching to first-class west Wales team Llanelli RFC in 1964. It was while at Llanelli that John was first selected for the Wales national team, a shock selection as a replacement for David Watkins to face a touring Australian team.

Jonny Wilkinson English rugby union footballer

Jonathan Peter Wilkinson, CBE is an English former rugby union player. A fly-half, he played for Newcastle Falcons and Toulon and represented England and the British and Irish Lions. He is particularly known for scoring the winning drop goal in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final and is widely acknowledged as one of the best rugby union players of all time.

Lawrence Dallaglio English rugby union footballer

Lorenzo Bruno Nero Dallaglio, known as Lawrence Dallaglio, is a retired English rugby union player, former captain of England, and 2016 inductee of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. He played as a flanker or number eight for London Wasps and never played for another club, having arrived at Sudbury as a teenager. Playing in all three positions in the back row, he won 85 caps for England, and was part of the team that won the 2003 World Cup. He is one of a very small number of players to have won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup. He went on three tours with the British and Irish Lions, winning three caps.

Neil Back English rugby union footballer and coach

Neil Antony Back MBE is a former international rugby union footballer for England and the British and Irish Lions who also played for Nottingham RFC, Leicester Tigers, and captained both England and Leicester during his career.

Timothy Richard George Stimpson is a former rugby union international full back. During his career he played for Wakefield, West Hartlepool, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, Perpignan, Leeds Tykes and Nottingham, England and the British and Irish Lions. His international career was a start-stop affair, however he excelled at club level. In particular, during his five-year spell at Leicester Tigers between 1998–2003, as a goalkicker, he was an integral part of the dominant Leicester side that won the league four times in succession to add to back-to-back Heineken Cup, becoming the Premiership's top points scorer in the process.

Rugby union positions Positions in rugby

In the game of rugby union, there are 15 players on each team, comprising eight forwards and seven backs. In addition, there may be up to eight replacement players "on the bench", numbered 16–23. Players are not restricted to a single position, although they generally specialise in just one or two that suit their skills and body types. Players that play multiple positions are called "utility players".

2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand

In 2005, the British and Irish Lions rugby union team toured New Zealand for the first time since 1993, playing seven matches against first and second division teams from the National Provincial Championship, one match against the New Zealand Maori team, and three test matches against New Zealand. The Lions lost the test series 3-0, the first time in 22 years that they lost every test match on tour.

Mike Catt South African-English rugby union footballer and coach

Michael John Catt OBE is a South African-born former rugby union player who played for the England national rugby union team. He played professionally for the clubs London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and played in two World Cup Finals, in 2003 and 2007. With his appearance in the October 2007 final, at age 36 years 1 month, he became the oldest ever player to play in a Rugby World Cup final. Since 2008, Catt has coached various rugby teams, and is currently an assistant coach for the Ireland national rugby team.

Chris Paterson Scottish rugby union footballer and coach

Christopher Douglas Paterson, MBE is an ambassador and specialist coach for the Scotland and Edinburgh rugby union teams. He is a former professional rugby union player who played for Scotland and, for the most part of his career, Edinburgh. Paterson is Scotland's record points scorer with 809 points and second most-capped player with 109 caps. He is capable of playing in a range of positions, including fullback, wing and fly-half.

Christopher Robert "Rob" Andrew MBE, nicknamed "Squeaky", is a former English Rugby Union player and was, until April 2016, Professional Rugby Director at the RFU. He was formerly the Director of Rugby of Newcastle Falcons and has been Chief Executive of Sussex County Cricket Club since January 2017.

Iain Balshaw English rugby union footballer

Iain Robert Balshaw, MBE is an English former rugby union player who played on the wing or at full back for Bath, Leeds Carnegie, Gloucester and Biarritz Olympique. He won 35 international caps for England between 2000 and 2008, and 3 for the British and Irish Lions in 2001. He was a member of the England squad that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Danny Grewcock English rugby union footballer

Daniel Jonathan Grewcock MBE is a retired English rugby union player. A lock, he played for Coventry, Saracens and Bath. He won 69 caps for England and 5 for the British and Irish Lions.

Simon Shaw English rugby union footballer

Simon Dalton Shaw MBE is a former English rugby union player who played at lock. He last played for Toulon and played for England.

Terence John "Terry" Davies MBE was a Welsh international full back who played club rugby for Swansea and Llanelli. He won 21 caps for Wales and was selected to play in the British Lions on the 1959 tour of Australia and New Zealand. Davies is seen as the last great Welsh full backs, before the 'No direct kicking into touch' rule was introduced in the late sixties and changed the full back role.

Owen Farrell English professional rugby union player

Owen Andrew Farrell is an English professional rugby union player, currently playing for Premiership Rugby side Saracens and is captain of the England National Team. Farrell has played international rugby for England since 2012.

Kenneth "Ken" James Forbes Scotland is a Scottish former rugby union player. He played for Scotland 27 times between 1957 and 1965, and 5 times for the British Lions on their 1959 tour of New Zealand; he was a full-back. He played his club rugby for Leicester Tigers, London Scottish FC, Heriot's FP, Aberdeenshire, and Ballymena. He also played for the Scottish national cricket team.

Mark Mapletoft is a former rugby union international who represented England in one test against Argentina in 1997. Mapletoft represented England at A, U21 and U18 levels. He was also a reserve for the Coventry football team.

Jonathan Joseph (rugby union) English rugby union player

Jonathan Byron Alexander Joseph is an English professional rugby union player who represents England at international level and Bath Rugby in the English Premiership.

Elliot Daly English rugby union footballer

Elliot Daly is an English rugby union player who plays for Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership and for England.

Anthony Watson (rugby union) English rugby union footballer

Anthony Watson is an English professional rugby union player who plays wing or full-back for Bath Rugby in the English Premiership and England. He attended St George's College, Weybridge in Surrey, where he was vice-captain of the rugby team.

References

  1. "Simon Geoghegan". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  2. "Simon Geoghegan tackles Rob Andrew". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 1 June 2008.