Full name Jeremiah Paul Flannery
Born October 17, 1978, Galway
Current age 37 years 41 days
Major teams Munster, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 220 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2007-2011||5||2||3||5||1||0||0||0||3||2||0||60.00|
|Test debut||Ireland v Romania at Lansdowne Road, Nov 26, 2005 match details|
|Last Test||Ireland v United States of America at New Plymouth, Sep 11, 2011 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has patiently built a reputation as one of the best in the northern hemisphere.
Born in Galway, Flannery made his professional debut for Connacht and after two seasons with the province made the switch to Munster. Flannery initially found his opportunities limited by the presence of Ireland international Frankie Sheahan, but a neck injury to Sheahan allowed the door to open for Flannery.
Some fine form in the red of Munster led to his full debut for Ireland in 2005 against Romania, before making his Six Nations bow against Italy in 2006. Flannery was an integral part of Ireland's Triple Crown effort, playing in the deciding game against England at Twickenham.
Flannery then helped Munster to go all the way to winning the 2006 Heineken Cup final against Biarritz in Cardiff. Flannery started the final as Munster swept to what many saw as their destiny.
In 2007 Flannery was selected for the Ireland World Cup squad despite having been understudy to Rory Best in the 2007 Six Nations after recovering from shoulder surgery. Flannery made four appearances during the tournament, starting the crunch games against Argentina and France, but could not stop his side from slipping out at the group stages.
Flannery was banned for the 2008 Six Nations after being found guilty of stamping in a Heineken Cup game with Clermont Auvergne, but he ended the season on a high by winning his second Heineken Cup against Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium.
Flannery then won three further caps during Ireland's autumn series in 2008, coming off the bench against the All Blacks and starting wins over Argentina and Canada.
Flannery then helped Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam and was selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa. During the opening week of training he was injured, a chipped bone in his elbow ruling him out of the tour.
He returned to Ireland action in Ireland's November draw with Australia and started victories against Fiji and South Africa. After a disappointing win over Italy, Flannery was cited for a kick on Alexis Palisson during defeat to France in Paris. He was subsequently banned for six weeks, ruling him out of the remainder of the Six Nations.
Injury ruled him out of Ireland's 2010 November internationals and his participation in the 2011 Six Nations was put into doubt after tearing a hamstring on his return to rugby against Ulster in January 2011.
However, Flannery fought his way back to full fitness just in time for a place in Declan Kidney's 30-man squad for the World Cup.