Born in Tiberias, Israel.
Takes up rugby with Naas RFC before going on to play schools with Newbridge College.
Helps Dublin University gain promotion to Division 1 of the All-Ireland League, while completing Medical Mechanical Engineering degree at DCU. Nominated for IRB U-21 World Player of the Year after Ireland come second in U-21 World Cup.
Makes Leinster senior debut.
Ireland's stand-out player at Churchill Cup. Becomes 1,000th player to be capped by Ireland against Pacific Islands in November internationals.
Fails to make Ireland World Cup squad
Ireland's first choice No 8 in Six Nations.
Helps Ireland secure their first Grand slam in 61 years and Leinster claim their first Heineken Cup. Plays three Tests on Lions tour to South Africa. Nominated alongside Brian O'Driscoll for IRB World Player of the Year, but both lose out to New Zealand's Richie McCaw.
Becomes first Irish player to be sent off in professional era against New Zealand and receives a five-week ban.