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Mike McCarthy
Ireland
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Full name Michael Patrick A. McCarthy
Born November 27, 1981, London
Current age 32 years 297 days
Major teams Connacht, Ireland A, Leinster, Newcastle Falcons, Wasps, Ireland, Ireland XV
Position Lock
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 253 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2011-2013 15 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 1 43.33
Five/Six Nations 2012-2013 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 41.66

Career statistics
Test debut Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield, Aug 6, 2011 match details
Last Test Ireland v New Zealand at Lansdowne Road, Nov 24, 2013 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2001-2007 53 28 25 30 6 0 0 0 21 29 3 42.45
Wasps 2001-2002 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 50.00
Newcastle Falcons 2004-2007 49 27 22 30 6 0 0 0 19 27 3 41.83
Profile

A lock of tremendous versatility, Mike McCarthy has been one of Connacht's most consistent and reliable performers of the past decade.

He was born in London and learned his trade at Sodbergh School before joining London Wasps at the turn of the millennium. He was part of the club's European Challenge Cup and Premiership successes during his time at Adams Park but left for Connacht - and the promise of regular first-team rugby - in the summer of 2003.

However, he was back in England within 12 months, making the move to Newcastle, where he became a real crowd favourite during a three-year stint with the Falcons.

Connacht came calling again, though, in 2007 and he decided to return the west of Ireland. McCarthy went from strength to strength during his second stint with the province, proving himself a forward of immense talent by performing to a consistently high level - despite regularly being moved across every position in the back five.

He made his 100th appearance for the Westerners in an Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bayonne in December 2010 before being called into the Ireland squad for the 2011 Six Nations the following month.

McCarthy did not feature in the Championship but his big opportunity finally arrived when he was named in the starting line-up for the World Cup warm-up clash with Scotland at Murrayfield in August.

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May 31, 2014
Glasgow's Leone Nakarawa is tackled by a committed Mike McCarthy of Leinster
Glasgow's Leone Nakarawa is tackled by a committed Mike McCarthy of Leinster
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Jan 28, 2012
England Saxons wing Matt Banahan looks to take on Mike McCarthy
England Saxons wing Matt Banahan looks to take on Mike McCarthy
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Aug 6, 2011
Ireland flanker Mike McCarthy takes on the Scotland defence
Ireland flanker Mike McCarthy takes on the Scotland defence
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Dec 12, 2009
Connacht's Mike McCarthy utilises some lineout ball
Connacht's Mike McCarthy utilises some lineout ball
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