John Cooney, a former Gonzaga College scrum-half, made his debut with the senior team in September of 2011 aged just 21 when he featured against Ospreys in Swansea.
The Treviso game at the RDS also saw Cooney score his first try for the Blues as he took an Isa Nacewa pass on the run and dived over for the fourth try in a bonus point victory. The scrum-half’s breakthrough season had yet to reach its pinnacle as he was drafted in to the Leinster squad for the Heineken Cup Final against Ulster at Twickenham.
Cooney entered the fray with six minutes remaining but found time to make a lasting impression as he played a prominent role in the build-up to Heinke van der Merwe’s late try.
He made 27 appearances for the RDS club before moving to Connacht for the 2014-2015 season, where he has amassed 30 caps.
In January 2017, Ulster confirmed the signing the scrum half on a two-year deal, moving to Kingspan Stadium at the end of the 2016-2017 season.
In May 2017, Cooney was included in the Ireland Summer tour squad that will tour USA and Japan winning his first cap against Japan in June 2017
At the start of the 2017-2018 John joined Ulster Rugby as the replacement for Ruan Pienaar, and he made an immediate impression at Ulster, winning Ulster Player of the Year, the Supporters Club Player of the Year and the Rugby Writers’ Player of the Year in his debut season and he was being named in the Ireland squad for the June Tests against Australia.
John was rewarded with a contract extension which will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until at least 2022, and his continued excellent form in the 2018-19 season led to him being named in the Guinness PRO14 Dream Team.
Despite missing out in the 2019 RWC in Japan, John’s form in the first part of the 2019-2020 season was impressive with a string of Man Of The Match performances in both the PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup which saw him being named in the Ireland squad for the 2020 Six Nations.
John is an excellent communicator and he has a very affable personality which has endeared him to the Ulster public and fans.
Imaginative and dynamic player.
Humourous with a positive character.
Strong strength of character with a can do attitude.
Leinster debut vs Ospreys
Emerging Ireland XV
Connacht debut vs Glasgow
Ireland debut vs Japan
Ulster debut vs Cheetahs
Ulster Supporters Player Of The Season
Ulster Players Player Of The Season
Guinness PRO14 Dream Team
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