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Keith Wood
Ireland
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Full name Keith Gerard Mallinson Wood
Born January 27, 1972, Limerick
Current age 42 years 205 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Harlequins, Ireland
Position Hooker
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 234 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1994-2003 63 60 3 75 15 0 0 0 26 36 1 42.06
Ireland 1994-2003 58 55 3 75 15 0 0 0 23 34 1 40.51
British and Irish Lions 1997-2001 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 60.00
Five/Six Nations 1995-2002 22 22 0 25 5 0 0 0 8 14 0 36.36
IRB Rugby World Cup 1995-2003 10 9 1 25 5 0 0 0 6 4 0 60.00

Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Ireland at Brisbane, Jun 5, 1994 match details
Last Test France v Ireland at Melbourne, Nov 9, 2003 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 1997-2002 65 56 9 48 9 0 0 1 25 37 3 40.76
Harlequins 1997-2002 65 56 9 48 9 0 0 1 25 37 3 40.76
Profile

Keith Wood is one of Ireland's most iconic rugby players. A hard-nosed, driven player, Wood excelled at hooker for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions over an international career that spanned nine years.

Wood began his playing career with Garryowen before moving to play for Harlequins, where he spent the remainder of his career aside from a sabbatical with Munster during the 1999-2000 season. His international debut came against Australian in Brisbane in 1994, and he played at his first Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Wood played in an Ireland side that often struggled at the top end of the game but he proved himself to be in the mix with the best players in the world during his career, notably on the Lions' victorious tour of South Africa in 1997. Wood was one of the most charismatic leaders in the game, and this showed through as he backed up tour captain Martin Johnson with some inspirational displays in their two Test match victories.

He played his second Rugby World Cup in 1999 as Ireland lost out to Argentina in a quarter-final playoff. Wood toured with the Lions again, playing all three Tests against Australia in 2001. The Lions were less successful on this occasion, losing the series 2-1. Wood would continue to represent Ireland until the 2003 Rugby World Cup, his third, retiring after their 43-21 quarter-final loss to France in Melbourne.

Since his retirment Wood has forged a career in the media with both the BBC and The Daily Telegraph. Scrum Staff

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Nov 19, 2013
Keith Wood attends a conference
Keith Wood attends a conference
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Feb 4, 2006
Former Ireland hooker Keith Wood working as an analyst for the BBC
Former Ireland hooker Keith Wood working as an analyst for the BBC
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Nov 1, 2003
Australia's George Gregan and Ireland's Keith Wood collide
Australia's George Gregan and Ireland's Keith Wood collide
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Oct 26, 2003
Keith Wood leads Ireland's celebrations
Keith Wood leads Ireland's celebrations
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