Player Pathway – James Tracy and Dan Leavy
November 11, 2016 2:17 pm Marcus Ó Buachalla
Like Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose both Tracy and Leavy came through the Leinster Academy to the international stage and tomorrow they are part of the Ireland 23 to take on Canada in the Aviva Stadium (Kick Off: 7.15pm).
James was originally plying his trade as a loose head prop. However a conversation with then Leinster coach Joe Schmidt convinced the Kildare native that his future lay in the number two jersey.
Dan has always been a big ball carrying back row forward and was a mainstay of the St. Michael’s team that won a Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2012. He is now bringing that explosive power to the Guinness PRO12, the Champions Cup and now the international test arena.
James Tracy Factfile:
DOB: 2nd April 1991
Club: UCD RFC
School: Newbridge College (captained Newbridge in 2009/2010 to the Leinster Schools Senior Plate for the first time in 20 years)
Ireland U20 (played in World Cup in 2011)
Emerging Ireland (played in IRB Nations Cup in 2014)
Debut: v Ospreys, PRO12 (4/11/2012)
European debut: v Bath Rugby, The Rec, Champions Cup (21/11/2015)
Dan Leavy Factfile:
DOB: 23rd May 1994
Club: UCD RFC
School: St Michael’s (captained St Michael’s in 2012 to the Leinster Schools Senior Cup scoring a try in the final against Clongowes Wood College)
Ireland U20 (played in Six Nations in 2014)
Emerging Ireland (played in Tbilisi Cup in 2015)
Debut: v Edinburgh, PRO12 (31/10/2014)
European debut: v Castres, RDS, Champions Cup (15/10/2016)