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fitzgerald's chapters


November 26, 2006: Eight months after leading Blackrock College to the Leinster Schools Senior Cup and just two months after turning 18, makes his Ireland debut on the right wing in a 61-17 win over the Pacific Islands in the last international at the old Lansdowne Road.

February 15, 2009: Scores his first two tries for Ireland as they beat Italy en route to a first Grand Slam since 1948. The left wing played all but the last four minutes of the campaign.

June 2009: After winning the Grand Slam and the Heineken Cup, Fitzgerald is the second youngest player on the Lions tour to South Africa. The 21-year-old has a mixed tour, but plays in the dramatic second Test in Pretoria.

December 17, 2011: After a terrible time with injuries and form, back to his best against Bath in Heineken Cup pool win, scoring two tries.


2007 World Cup: With two caps to his name, Fitzgerald firmly believed he would be selected for the World Cup, but was cut by Eddie O'Sullivan.

June 27, 2009: Thirty seconds into his Lions Test debut, gouged by Schalk Burger, who amazingly is shown just a yellow card.

November 15, 2009: In 20-20 draw with Australia, Fitzgerald picks up the knee injury keeping him out of the remaining autumn Tests, Six Nations and the rest of Leinster's season.

March 12, 2011: Disappointing at full-back for Ireland in defeat at the Millennium Stadium. Fitzgerald is dropped from the 22 a week later.

August 22, 2011: After failing to convince Declan Kidney in the warm-up games, Fitzgerald is axed from the Ireland World Cup squad.

Irish Independent