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1983

Born in Tiberias, Israel.

1991

Takes up rugby with Naas RFC before going on to play schools with Newbridge College.

2004

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.

2005

Makes Leinster senior debut.

2006

Ireland's stand-out player at Churchill Cup. Becomes 1,000th player to be capped by Ireland against Pacific Islands in November internationals.

2007

Fails to make Ireland World Cup squad

2008

Ireland's first choice No 8 in Six Nations.

2009

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.

2010

Becomes first Irish player to be sent off in professional era against New Zealand and receives a five-week ban.

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