Gordon began his career as a full back, moved to the wing for Leinster and is now an international outside centre. He won his first senior international cap against Romania in the 1998 World Cup. Darcy made the big break through in 2004 in the RBS six nations when selected for Ireland in place of the injured Brian O’Driscoll. He made a stunning return to international arena with his searing runs, subtle off loads and bone crunching defence. His form was impressive enough to hold on to his position, and O’Driscoll was selected at inside centre when he returned. Gordon’s game went from strength to strength and he was later selected in a BBC poll as Player of the Six Nations Championship and won numerous accolades at home including “Players Player of the Season.”
The centre partnership formed between Darcy and Brian O’Driscoll whilst playing both for Leinster and Ireland has been phenomenal and the envy of most other rugby playing countries throughout the world. He has been unlucky with injuries and was out for a year with a broken arm in the 2008 Six Nations, which no doubt deprived him of further caps. None the less he reclaimed his centre spot 2009 Six Nations and was part of the Grand Slam winning team. To date he has amassed a splendid total of 47 caps with hopefully more to come.
He toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 with fellow Lansdowne man Shane Horgan and has also played several times with the Barbarians. He won a Heineken Cup with Leinster in May 2009
Position Centre / Wing
Date of Birth 10/02/1980
International Debut versus Romania
International Debut Date 15/10/1999