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
Birthplace: Kildare
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 106kg
Position: Hooker
School: Newbridge College (captained Newbridge in 2009/2010 to the Leinster Schools Senior Plate for the first time in 20 years)


Leinster U18
Leinster U19
Leinster U20
Leinster ‘A’

Ireland U18
Ireland U19
Ireland U20 (played in World Cup in 2011)
Emerging Ireland (played in IRB Nations Cup in 2014)

Leinster Rugby

Debut: v Ospreys, PRO12 (4/11/2012)
European debut: v Bath Rugby, The Rec, Champions Cup (21/11/2015)
Appearances: 25
Tries: 2
Points: 10

James Tracy

Dan Leavy Factfile:

DOB: 23rd May 1994
Birthplace: Dublin
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 104kg
Position: Flanker
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)


Leinster U18
Leinster U20
Leinster ‘A’

Ireland U18
Ireland U20 (played in Six Nations in 2014)
Emerging Ireland (played in Tbilisi Cup in 2015)

Leinster Rugby

Debut: v Edinburgh, PRO12 (31/10/2014)
European debut: v Castres, RDS, Champions Cup (15/10/2016)
Appearances: 23
Tries: 4
Points: 20

Dan Leavy