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Jacob Stockdale
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Date of birth 3 April 1996 (1996-04-03) (age 25)
Place of birth Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing, Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016– Ulster 82 (155)
Correct as of 6 June 2021
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2016 Ireland U20 13 (50)
2017– Ireland 34 (95)
Correct as of 3 July 2021

Jacob Stockdale (born 3 April 1996) is an Irish professional rugby union player who currently plays for Ulster and for Ireland. He plays on the wing or at fullback.

Career

He has represented Ireland Under 20s and made his debut for the senior Ulster side as a 19-year-old in 2015. He played for Ireland U20 at the 2015 and 2016 editions of the World Rugby Under 20 Championship

On 16 May 2017, Stockdale was named in the Ireland squad for the 2017 Summer Tour. On 10 June 2017, Stockdale made his senior debut for Ireland when he played against the United States in a one-off test in the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, scoring a try in the 55–19 Irish victory. Stockdale played his first home game for Ireland on 11 November 2017, against the South Africa where he scored a try. Two weeks later in the same November series he won 'man of the match' award scoring two tries in Ireland's 28–19 victory over Argentina.

In the 2018 Six Nations Championship, Stockdale scored seven tries in the games against Italy, Wales, Scotland and England, setting a new record for the most tries in the Six Nations Championship as Ireland won the Grand Slam. Stockdale was also named as the 2018 Six Nations Player of the Championship. In November 2018, Stockdale scored the try that secured Ireland their first ever victory against the All Blacks on Irish soil.

Statistics

International tries

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  United States Harrison Red Bull Arena 2017 Ireland Tour 10 June 2017 Won
2  South Africa Dublin Aviva Stadium 2017 November Tests 11 November 2017 Won
3-4  Argentina Dublin Aviva Stadium 2017 November Tests 25 November 2017 Won
5-6  Italy Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 Six Nations 10 February 2018 Won
7-8  Wales Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 Six Nations 24 February 2018 Won
9-10  Scotland Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 Six Nations 10 March 2018 Won
11  England London Twickenham Stadium 2018 Six Nations 17 March 2018 Won
12  New Zealand Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 November Tests 17 November 2018 Won
13  Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield 2019 Six Nations 9 February 2019 Won
14  Italy Rome Rome 2019 Six Nations 24 February 2019 Won
15-16  Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up 31 August 2019 Won
17  France Paris Aviva Stadium 2020 Six Nations 31 October 2020 Lost
18  England London Twickenham Stadium 2020 Autumn Nations Cup 21 November 2020 Lost
19  Japan Dublin Aviva Stadium 2021 July rugby union tests 3 July 2021 Won

Correct as of 3 July 2021

Honours

Ireland

  • Six Nations Championship:
    • Winner (1): 2018
  • Grand Slam:
    • Winner (1): 2018
  • Triple Crown:
    • Winner (1):2018

Awards

  • Six Nations Player of the Championship:
    • Winner (1): 2018
  • BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year (1):2018

Personal life

Stockdale was born in Newtownstewart in County Tyrone before his family settled in Lurgan. Stockdale is a Christian (his father is a Presbyterian minister), and prays before each game.

His brother, Josh Stockdale (age 17), also plays for the Ulster u18s but is yet to represent Ireland internationally.

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