Date: 30 Mar 2009
Jamie Heaslip, first year Master in Management part time student at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, joins the annals of great UCD sporting heroes as a member of the triumphant squad that won the rugby Grand Slam and brought home the RBS Six Nations trophy for the first time in 61 years. Heaslip was a key and valued member of the Grand Slam winning Irish squad, scoring crucial tries against France and Scotland. Heaslip was justifiably awarded the man-of–the-match award after Ireland’s clash with France.
Heaslip’s club rugby started with Naas and he made his Leinster senior debut in the Celtic League in March 2005. He was short listed for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award after the 2004 U-21 World Cup which took place in Scotland. Heaslip was named in the Ireland squad for the Guinness Autumn series in 2006 and made his test debut against the Pacific Islanders. He has the honour of being capped the 1000th player to wear the Irish jersey.
Heaslip shared the triumph with two other current undergraduate UCD students Rob Kearney and Gordon D’Arcy along with two former UCD students, Brian O’Driscoll and Paddy Wallace.