Friday 18 January 2019

Where are they now? Philip Danaher (Abbeyfeale, 5/10/'65)

Philip Danaher rose to prominence in the early eighties as an outstanding schoolboy out-half with St Munchin's in Limerick. His exploits for the Corbally school soon came to the attention of the national selectors and he lined out at No 10 for Ireland Schools against England and Wales in 1982.

He moved from Garryowen to Lansdowne in 1984 and played in Dublin for four seasons prior to returning to the Dooradoyle club. He made his Munster debut in 1987 and early the following year he won his first full international cap at full-back in the 22-18 defeat to Scotland.

We went on to win 28 caps over the next eight years, and captained Ireland in 1992 for the match against France and the tour to New Zealand. His final cap came against Wales in Cardiff in 1995.

He then turned his hand to coaching, travelling as assistant to Warren Gatland on the Ireland tour to South Africa in 1998. Today he continues his involvement from the sideline as backline coach to the Garryowen senior team.

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