St Patricks Day: Five best Irish players of the professional era

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to celebrate all that is Irish. And in tribute to the Emerald Isle, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 greatest players ever to have pulled on the green in the professional era.

Feel free to give us your take on the rankings or point out any glaring omissions in the forum below.

5. Gordan D’Arcy

He had several re-inventions, from wonderboy speedster out wide, to explosive outside centre, to gritty and innovative No12 and he established himself as one of the world’s most effective midfield men in an Ireland jersey over a massive 16-year career and played a big role in the 2009 Grand Slam success.

4. Keith Wood

Nicknamed the ‘Raging Potato’ or ‘Uncle Fester’ 58-times capped Wood helped revolutionise the hooker’s berth for his all-action style and ability to be in the right place at the right time to give Ireland a cutting edge in attack. Scored 15 tries and enjoyed a dynamic 1997 tour of South Africa with the Lions. Excelled again in Australia four years later.