Gain insights into the life and experiences of Dave Kilcoyne, the rugby sensation

Gain insights into the life and experiences of Dave Kilcoyne, the rugby sensation

Kevin Omuya
February 29, 2024 at 5:17 AM

Irish rugby player Dave Kilcoyne made a big splash at the national and provincial levels; he was born in Limerick. Kilcoyne started playing rugby at Ardscoil Rís, where he was a standout and a member of the winning Munster Schools Junior Cup team.

David Kilcoyne's training sessions
Dave Kilcoyne of Munster during different training sessions. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Charly Triballeau
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Irish prop player David has played for Munster in the United Rugby Championship and the Irish national rugby union squad. For Ireland, the 34-year-old has scored a pair of tries. The loosehead from Munster was benched during their 2023 URC title run, but he returned to the Irish squad in 2024 after suffering a severe neck injury.

Profile summary



Full name

Dave Kilcoyne



Date of birth

December 14, 1988

Place of birth

Limerick, Ireland


35 years old as of 2024






1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)


111 kg (17.5 st; 245 lb)

Marital status



Ardscoil Rís


Professional rugby player



Current team


Social media

Instagram, X(Twitter)

How old is Dave Kilcoyne?

Dave was born on December 14, 1988 in Limerick, Ireland. He is 35 years old at the time of writing.

Dave Kilcoyne's biography
Dave Kilcoyne of Ireland during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match against France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, on July 2021. Photo: Seb Daly
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Dave Kiloyne's height and weight

Irish rugby prop stands 1.85 meters (6'0") tall. He claims to be 112 kg (246.92 lb), or 17 stone 8.92 lb.

Dave Kilcoyne's family

Dave's dad, Pat Kilcoyne, was a wild card prop for St. Munchin's when they won the Munster Schools Junior Cup. Ardscoil Rís was the next school Kilcoyne, and his brothers attended and played for. Kilcoyne said,

"My Dad was the primary influence over my career. He would have dropped me out to [U.L] Bohs at 8 o'clock on Saturday mornings and came to all my games. And right the way up, he still goes to all my games. He's on the gravy train, as he says, with every game he gets to go to. My mum and dad thoroughly enjoy it."

Is Dave Kilcoyne married?

Dave does not reveal his current or previous relationships. Any information about his wife and their children is unknown.


Dave Kilcoyne's rugby career highlights
Dave Kilcoyne of Ireland during one of his matches. Photo: Seb Daly
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After a breakout season in the British and Irish Cup in 2009–10, Kilcoyne signed with the Munster Academy for the 2010–11 season. On December 26, 2011, he came off the bench to make his Munster debut in a Pro12 match against Connacht.

On April 21, 2012, he debuted his Munster in a league match against Scarlets. When Munster won the British and Irish Cup, Kilcoyne wasn't just an asset in league games; he was instrumental in the team's semi-final victory and scored a game-winning try.

Dave scored his first try for Munster in their 2012–13 Heineken Cup campaign, in which he also made his Heineken Cup debut. Important matches, like the quarterfinal win against Harlequins, saw him start. Dave was significantly impacted after being nominated for Munster Player of the Year and named to the Pro12 Team of the Season.

International career

A spot on the Irish national team was his for Dave because of his skill and perseverance. In a test match against South Africa on November 10, 2012, he debuted for Ireland, taking Cian Healy's place. The same year, he represented his country in matches against Argentina and Fiji.

In addition to appearing in many international matches, including trips to Argentina and North America, Dave was a mainstay in Ireland's Six Nations Championship squad. He has been named to Ireland's team in preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Dave Kilcoyne's stats

David Kilcoyne's awards and achievements
Ireland rugby player and Breitling brand ambassador Conor Murray (C) pictured alongside Ireland teammates David Kilcoyne (L) and Josh van der Flier (L) on April 27, 2023. Photo: Charles McQuillan
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With significant milestones like his 100th and 150th outings in all rugby competitions, Kilcoyne has amassed over 200 caps for Munster. Additionally, he has amassed 50 caps for Ireland's national squad.

Dave Kilcoyne's achievements

Among Kilcoyne's accomplishments are his appearances in prestigious events, such as the Six Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup, when he displayed exceptional play against famous opponents. The breakdown shows his awards and trophies won with various teams and clubs.


United Rugby Championship: Winner 2022–23


Six Nations Championship: Winner 2023

Grand Slam: Winner 2023

Triple Crown: Winner 2022, 2023

Dave Kilcoyne's injury

Due to a shoulder injury, Ireland prop Dave missed the Six Nations, according to his club, Munster. The 35-year-old had surgery. Kilcoyne has 56 caps for Ireland and came off the bench four times during last year's Rugby World Cup.

Dave Kilcoyne's contract

David Kilcoyne's career
Dave Kilcoyne during an Ireland rugby media conference at Complexe de la Chambrerie in Tours, France, on September 29, 2023. Photo: Harry Murphy
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Kilcoyne will remain with Munster until June 2023, thanks to the contract extensions he inked as a reward for his efforts. Both coaches and fans have spoken highly of Kilcoyne's work ethic and performances; Munster coach Rob Penney, for one, has predicted a prosperous future for Kilcoyne while wearing the Irish shirt.

Dave Kilcoyne's salary

The highest-paid players in the English Premiership can earn over £1 million ($1.4 million) annually, while the top players in the league can earn up to £500,000 ($685,000) annually. On the other hand, players in France's top 14 division can earn far more; some make more than €1 million ($1.2 million) annually.

Craig Casey And Dave Kilcoyne

As a joke, Munster and Ireland teammate Dave compared Craig Casey to a "miniature UFC" star when asked who would do better in a fight. James Ryan, co-captain of the Leinster province, nominated Cian Healy as the teammate who would do well in the octagon, as were stars from each of Ireland's four regions. He told Rugby Pass;

‘Oh, [he would be] a wrestler, definitely a wrestler. Very good at general movement, [he’s] very flexible, strong.’

Final word

Dave Kilcoyne is well-known and esteemed in the game due to his talent, dedication, and impact on Munster and Ireland. His adventure is far from over, and his supporters can't wait to see how he plays in the future.

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