|Weight||90kg (14st 2lb)|
|Caps||6 Test appearances|
New challenges beckoned Shane Geraghty following his move for 2009-10 to Northampton Saints after making 42 Guinness Premiership appearances and scoring 127 points for London Irish, alongside a series of career-interrupting injuries.
He has since cast aside a debilitating catalogue that includes a long-term hamstring injury that eliminated him from 2007 RWC contention and a broken bone in a hand. A knee ligament strain also ruled him out of the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship, the year after he won his initial caps. Ankle problems hindered him at the start of the 2008-09 season.
Coventry-born Shane emerged through the London Irish development system and made his senior debut while still a member of the Exiles Academy that he had joined in July 2004. He won a wide range of representative age group honours before his first Test appearance off the bench for Toby Flood against France three years ago.
He had played for England Schools 18 Group, the Under 19s, 21s and Saxons, for whom his first call ups were against Italy and Ireland in 2007. His most recent matches at that level were in the victories over Ireland A and Italy A in January and February this year but he played off the bench in all three midweek games during England’s senior summer tour of Australasia in 2010.
Before that, he figured at centre in the 28-20 win over Argentina Jaguars in the 2009 Barclays Churchill Cup and as a replacement after an hour for Brad Barritt against Ireland A in the final.
Educated at Colston’s, Bristol and Bablake School in Coventry, the alma mater of Geoff Evans, the former England centre and 1974 British & Irish Lion, he played for Ireland Youth, having qualified through his father Joe, who was born in County Mayo.
Shane had arrived at London Irish five years ago at the same time as his mentor, Mike Catt, who won 75 England caps from 1994-2007.