Donal Spring

Donal Spring
Donal Spring

He was educated at Roscrea College and Trinity College Dublin, which he captained to a Leinster senior cup win and where he won 6 of his seven caps. Graduated as a solicitor and joined Lansdowne where he won his final cap against Wales in 1981. He was “6’5 ½” and as a former Gaelic footballer had excellent ball skills and was an outstanding lineout exponent. He featured both at lock and no.8 for Ireland and partnered fellow Kerry man Moss Keane at lock forward on 4 occasions.

He won 16 caps with Munster and was part of the team that had a famous victory over the All Blacks at Thomond Park in 1978. In 1982 he took a sabbatical in the south of France where he played with Bagniers. Rugby was very hard there he described his rugby there as a learning curve in survival. In going to France he probably lost the opportunity to gain more Irish caps and indeed was never dropped off an Irish team.

He rejoined Lansdowne on his return where he made a huge contribution, picking up 3 Leinster senior cup medals and 4 Leinster senior league medals in the process in what was a golden era for the club which he captained in 1984. He had an extraordinary record as captain in that he also captained the Leinster schools and also Leinster under 19’s.

On his retirement from senior rugby he picked up a couple of Metropolitan cup medals and coached the 1st XV the Leinster under 19’s for 3 years and the senior Leinster team. His brother Dick Spring also played for Ireland and Lansdowne.

Player Stats

Position Lock
Date of Birth 23/08/1956
International Debut versus Scotland
International Debut Date 21/01/1978
Last Test versus Wales
Last Test Date 21/02/1981
Caps 7