Ryan Baird rugby player
Ryan Baird rugby player

Ryan Baird

26th Jul 1999 1.98m/113kg No 4 Lock

Ryan Baird, born on July 26, 1999, is an Irish professional rugby union player who currently plays as a lock for Leinster in the United Rugby Championship and the Ireland national team.

Baird attended The High School in Dublin before transferring to St Michael's College, where he showcased his talent in the 2018 Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup alongside his future Leinster teammate Scott Penny.

His impressive performances at the school level earned him a place in Leinster's academy for the 2018-19 season. Baird made his senior competitive debut for Leinster in a Pro14 match against Ulster on April 27, 2019, in which they suffered a narrow 14-13 defeat. He has been regarded by many as a potential successor to Peter Lennon in the DUFC second row.

In addition to his club career, Baird has represented Ireland at various levels. He was selected for the Ireland under-20s squad for the 2019 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, making appearances as a substitute against France and Wales as Ireland secured their first grand slam in the tournament since 2007.

He was also part of the under-20s squad for the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship and started in the opening win against England. However, during the second pool fixture against Australia, Baird received a red card for a high tackle.

Baird's impressive performances and potential led to his inclusion in the Ireland senior squad for the remaining matches of the 2020 Six Nations Championship in October 2020. He made his international debut off the bench in a 48-10 victory over Italy in the third round of the 2021 Six Nations, scoring his first international try in a 57-6 win over Italy during the 2022 Six Nations.

Known for his power and athleticism, Baird started his rugby career as a winger and fly-half before transitioning to the second row. His pace and attacking mindset have been retained, making him a valuable asset on the field. He has shown great work ethic and determination, which bodes well for his future in Irish rugby.

In February 2020, Baird scored a hat-trick for Leinster in a Pro14 match against Glasgow. He has continued to make progress in his career, earning more game time and a call-up to the Irish national team. As of April 7, 2021, he has three test caps for Ireland and has made 21 appearances for Leinster, scoring five tries.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Baird has been named in the squad for Ireland.



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