Ireland Caps: 57 (27-3-27) Ireland Points: 40 (8t)
Ireland Debut: v Pacific Islanders 2006
British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
Test Record v Australia: 3 (1-1-1)
Born in Israel and raised in Naas, Heaslip will perhaps always be remembered for the awe-inspiring try that he scored for Ireland against France at Croke Park in February 2009.
Bursting through the French defensive lines at full speed, the Number 8 jinked one way, then the other before diving over for a fantastic score. The Ireland try can almost four years after his first outing with Leinster but, given his dynamic style of play, opponents could not claim that they never saw it coming.
Encouraged by a rugby-loving family, Heaslip took up the game aged eight and made his mark on the Schools Cup competition with Newbridge College. As a player with Dublin University, he was called into the senior Leinster squad in the 2004/05 season and never looked back.
The back-row returned from the World Cup in New Zealand to play all of the Blues’ nine Heineken Cup games as they strode to the final in Twickenham and retained the coveted trophy.
In November 2012 Jamie became Ireland's 101st captain when he was asked by Declan Kidney to lead the nation for the Guinness Series games against South Africa, Fiji (uncapped international) and Argentina.
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