Declan Danaher is the longest serving player at London Irish. He joined the original 'player development programme', the forerunner of today's Academy, in 1999 at the age of 19 when Dick Best, the club's first Director of Rugby, was in charge.
A decade later, on January 23rd 2009 in the European Challenge Cup match away to Rovigo, he became only the fifth player to make 200 appearances for the club. In doing so he joining a distinguished group ' Justin Bishop, Neal Hatley, Ryan Strudwick and Kieron Dawson.
The combination of his special status and an impeccable Irish background ' his Mother is from Limerick and his Father from Kerry, and his long service, gives him special status at the club.
After an initial flirtation with soccer, he had a trial for Queen's Park Rangers, and Gaelic football, rugby provided the perfect outlet for his considerable athletic skills. In a decade playing at the top level in this country and Europe, Declan has established himself among the most effective and respected back row players in the Guinness Premiership. He has made 211 appearances for the club and scored 19 tries.
Declan was London Irish's "Young Player of the Season" in 2000-1 and 2001-02. He has represented Ireland at U19 level, Irish Exiles at U19 and U21 level and England at U21 level and England A. He has also played for the Barbarians.
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|Weight:||108kgs / 17st 0lbs|
|Height:||194cm / 6ft 4ins|
|Date of Birth:||11/01/1980|
|Place of Birth:||London|
|Representative Honours:||, England U21, Barbarians, Ireland U19|
|Heroes:||Didn't have any rugby favourites, as a kid it was Tony Adams, Dennis Berkamp and Maradona!|
|Hobbies:||Football and Pro Evolution Soccer|
|Club Honours:||Young Player of the Season 00/01; Young Player of the Season 01/02|
|Favourite Holiday Destination:||New York|
|Currently on your iPOD:||White Stripes; Interpol; Kings of Leon; Kasabian|
|Favourite Film:||Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Classic)|
|To relax:||Have a coffee and read the paper|
|Favourite Food:||Pad Thai with chicken|
|Favourite Match :||Beating Wasps in 2006 at Adams Park|
|Declan's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|